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Woman in hospital after crashing into ISP car

Melissa Smith's Van (upper left), Trooper Andrew Smith's Police Car (lower left and right)

The driver led officers on a 19-minute chase

Posted: Feb 25, 2020 9:11 AM
Updated: Feb 25, 2020 4:51 PM

CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Royal Center woman is in the hospital after intentionally crashing into a state police car early Tuesday morning. According to police, around 12:48 a.m. Cass County Sheriff's Deputies tried to pull over a minivan on State Road 35 near State Road 24 in Cass County.

Deputies said the minivan was weaving from lane to lane. The driver, Melissa K. Smith, then led the officers on a 19-minute chase that ended at State Road 25 at Rockfield Road in Carroll County.

The chase ended when the minivan hit the back of Indiana State Police car. The car was off the roadway blocking the Rockfield Road intersection. A trooper was almost hit while out trying to put down stop sticks.

Investigators say Smith crashed into the police car on purpose. She was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

No one else was hurt.

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