Car chase and rollover wreck leaves woman dead

DECATUR COUNTY, Ind. - Investigators said a Jennings County woman is dead after a car chase ended in a rollover wreck Monday night.

Decatur County Sheriff Gregory Allen said that at 9 p.m. Monday, a homeowner in the 7700 block of W. County Road 480 South called to say he was chasing a vehicle from his property due to the occupants of the car trespassing. Those occupants were later identified as Brooklynn N. Murray, 22, and Steven D. Fletcher, 31.

The homeowner told investigators Murray and Fletcher had pointed a rifle at him out of the passenger window, and that once the car left, it was traveling very fast and disregarding traffic signs.

Sheriff Allen said Westport Marshal Joe Talkington saw the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop it by blocking the roadway at the intersection of county roads 1100 South and 700 West, but the car didn’t stop. The marshal said it drove into a ditch to avoid his car and continued south on 700 West at a high rate of speed.

The marshal said the car disregarded another stop sign at the intersection of State Road 3 and continued south on 700 West, which is when the marshal lost sight of the car. He continued south to follow it.

Sheriff Allen said roughly one minute later, a 911 call came in to county dispatchers reporting a crashed vehicle in front of a home roughly one mile south of State Road 3.

Investigators said the car involved -- a 2009 Honda passenger car -- ran off the right side of the roadway after cresting a hill, struck a utility pole and rock ditch, then rolled several times into a field. Both people inside the car were thrown from the vehicle during the wreck.

Sheriff Allen said Murray was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and Fletcher was flown by helicopter to Methodist Hospital with possible head and internal injuries.

The following units responded to the incident: Westport police, Decatur County EMS, Westport fire, Greensburg fire, Letts fire, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Lifeline, Indiana State Police and the Decatur County Coroner’s Office.

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