Three people injured in crash after driver refuses to stop for a cop

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(Photo supplied/Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office)

Three people were injured and transported from the scene of multi-vehicle crash after a Nappanee man allegedly refused to stop for police and caused the crash.

The collision happened on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 22.

Walter David Hawthorne, 44, attempted to pass two vehicles along Armstrong Road at a high rate of speed in a no passing zone, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.

As a deputy attempted a traffic stop, Hawthorne allegedly refused to stop and continued along CR 500 N at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Authorities say as Hawthorne approached State Road 13, he ran a red light and struck a southbound pick-up truck, driven by a 36-year old North Webster man. The truck then careened into a car, driven by a 34-year old Leesburg man, which overturned, trapping him inside.

The NorthWebster man was flown from the scene by Parkview Samaritan Air Ambulance, while the Leesburg man and a passenger in his car were taken to a Fort Wayne hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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