Motorcycle rider strikes police car during chase

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

EVANSVILLE, Ind. An Indiana man has been jailed after authorities say he crashed his motorcycle into a police cruiser during a chase.

Police tell the Evansville Courier & Press that officers initially thought 26-year-old Benjamin Burtis Claspell was riding a moped. They say they pursued the man from nearby Newburgh after he ran a red light about 2 a.m. Saturday.

After the vehicle reached 45 mph, it was legally classified as a motorcycle. When a patrol car blocked Claspell from leaving a bank's parking lot, police say he lost control and struck the cruiser broadside.

Police say a blood test showed Claspell had a blood alcohol content more than three times Indiana's legal limit. He's being held in Vanderburgh County Jail. It isn't clear whether he has a lawyer.

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