Driver injured, police cruiser destroyed after pursuit leads to fiery crash

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. – A man ended up in the hospital—and a deputy avoided serious injury—after a chase in Boone County over the weekend.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, a Mercury Mountaineer was approaching Boone County on I-74 Saturday and refused to stop. Police believed the driver was intoxicated.

Indiana State Police and Crawfordsville police were also involved in the pursuit. The driver, identified as 19-year-old James Patrick McCue of Mahomet, Illinois, exited off I-74 at State Road 75 and continued north into Advance. He continued onto County Road 500 West, where the Mountaineer struck a guy wire to a utility pole, drove through a field and ended up back on 500 West.

4 Fast Facts

  • Driver sent to hospital after chase leads to crash in Boone County
  • Investigators believe the 19-year-old driver was intoxicated
  • The driver’s SUV crashed into a deputy’s car and ended up overturned in a field
  • The deputy was outside his vehicle and wasn’t hurt

Around 9:15 p.m., Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Logan Campbell was setting up stop sticks. He heard the Mountaineer coming and then saw it heading his way. The SUV swerved to the left, striking Campbell’s patrol car and sending it spinning into a field. The Mountaineer overturned.

Campbell was outside his vehicle and wasn’t hurt.

Deputies from Boone County and Montgomery County managed to get McCue out of the overturned vehicle. He was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital after suffering a cut to the head, broken teeth, abdominal pain, and cuts and bruises to his legs.

Police said charges in the case are pending.

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