Driver Killed In Crash During Police Pursuit

Posted On December 18, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Photo provided by Indiana State Police.

(Vevay, Ind.) – A 22-year-old Vevay man died when he crashed his vehicle as he attempted to flee law enforcement, the Indiana State Police say.

A Dearborn County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a 1992 Chevrolet Silverado for a traffic violation on George Street in Auroraat about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, December 16. The vehicle driven by Matthew S. Richards fled from the deputy heading southbound on State Road 56.

The pursuit continued into Ohio County, where Richards turned onto Thuermer Hollow Road. State police say Richards was driving at a high rate of speed when he was not able to navigate a curve. Richards’ vehicle struck a guardrail, causing him to be ejected from the pickup truck.

The truck came to a stop on the side of Thuermer Hollow Road.

Richards was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ohio County coroner. Nobody else was injured.

“Police at the scene determined that Richards’ vehicle was improperly registered and that he was wanted on a probation violation warrant out of Jefferson County, Indiana.  Alcohol is also believed to be a factor in the crash,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said Monday.

The investigation is ongoing.  Richards’ family has been notified.

Other agencies assisting at the scene were the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, Rising Sun Fire Department, and Ohio County Coroner’s Office.