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Connersville man injured in early morning police chase

A Rush County deputy struck the man after he got out of his disabled SUV when it stopped on a rural road.
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FAYETTE COUNTY, Indiana —

(WTHR) — A Connersville man fleeing police was injured Monday morning when he was struck by a deputy who was chasing him.

Brandon Van Blair, 34, Connersville, was flown to Indianapolis by air ambulance with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  

According to State Police, a Rush County clocked Van Blair around 6 a.m. on east SR 44 driving 72 mph. in a 55 mph zone.

Police say Van Blair, driving a Jeep Cherokee, refused to stop. A pursuit on rural roads through Rush County ended up east bound into Fayette County on County Road 600 North, which is a gravel road. With several Rush County deputies in pursuit, the Jeep broke down in the middle of the road near CR 450 West.

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Investigators believe the first pursuing deputy was able to swerve at the last second in a cloud of heavy dust to avoid hitting the Jeep. Van Blair got out and ran north in the roadway when the second deputy drove up and swerved to miss the Jeep, hitting Van Blair. 

The deputies performed first aid and called medics.

State Police were called in by the Rush County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the crash.

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