Police: Fleeing driver causes crash during pursuit

From Local Sources

VELPEN — Additional charges are pending for a Petersburg man police say caused a traffic accident while evading arrest.

Indiana State Police reports that on Friday at 11:42 a.m. trooper John Davis attempted to stop a black 1996 Ford Mustang on State Road 57 in Petersburg for a seatbelt violation.

According to police, the driver failed to stop and continued south on State Road 61 at a high rate of speed. The vehicle made its way south onto State Road 257 toward Velpen when the driver attempted to pass a silver 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck. As the driver of the Mustang was in the process of passing, police say, the driver of the pickup truck attempted to turn left into a private drive. The Mustang collided into the truck, causing it to flip onto its top.

The driver of the truck, Frank Rode, 68, of Velpen, was transported to Jasper Memorial where he is currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles were totaled and State Road 257 was closed for approximately two hours as the scene was cleared.

The driver of the Mustang, identified as Aaron Sanders, 25, of Petersburg, was found to have an active felony warrant out of Daviess County for failing to register as a sex offender.

Sanders was transported to Deaconess Mid-Town Hospital in Evansville where he is currently being treated for a facial injury.

Police note that the investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected.

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