By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —
A high-speed chase that began in Marion ended badly at the intersection of Indiana 9 and 28 on Monday when the driver wanted by authorities crashed her car into a propane gas delivery truck.
Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Erin Keppeler said Bobbie Sue Frazier of Alexandria was wanted by Marion police on suspicion of shoplifting merchandise from a Wal-Mart store.
It all began about just before 10:30 a.m. when Frazier walked out of the store at 3240 S. Western Ave. pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise — including a television set — that she allegedly didn’t pay for, said Marion Deputy Police Chief Cliff Sessoms.
Store employees ran after Frazier and escorted her back inside the store along with the merchandise, Sessoms said. After a few minutes, Frazier told employees she had to use the bathroom, but ran out to her car and drove off as Marion police were arriving.
Marion police tried to stop Frazier, but she led them on a chase through the city before turning onto Ind. 9 and heading south toward Alexandria.
Marion officers were quickly joined by members of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and an Indiana State Police trooper, Keppeler said.
At the Grant and Madison County line, Marion police abandoned the chase, but Keppeler and other officers continued their attempt to intercept Frazier, who reached speeds in excess of 100 mph, in an attempt to elude police.
About a quarter-mile north of Indiana 28, Alexandria police placed “stop sticks” in the road. The devices did their job, puncturing two front tires of Frazier’s 2000 Chevrolet Blazer.
The flats slowed Frazier down to about 60 to 70 mph, Keppeler said, but she didn’t stop until after colliding with a Harvest Land Co-op propane truck. Immediately after the accident, police were concerned the truck might be leaking, and detoured vehicles around the accident scene.
Frazier was transported to Elwood’s St. Vincent Mercy Hospital for treatment of scrapes on her hand and right leg pain.
Sessoms said his department was preparing to seek charges of theft and resisting law enforcement against Frazier; other charges could be pending in Alexandria.
No information was immediately available about the driver of the Harvest truck.
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