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Police chase ends in crash that destroyed woman's wheelchair ramp in front of her Indy home

Posted at 11:31 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 23:33:36-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indy woman is reaching out for help after a police chase ended with a crash in her front yard that took out her wheelchair ramp, the only way she can get out of her home.

Susan Lewellen uses a walker and a wheelchair to get around, so until the ramp is fixed she’s stuck inside her home.

Saturday night, police were chasing someone that ran from a traffic stop. The chase ended when the driver crashed through one of Lewellen’s neighbor’s fences and took out her wheelchair ramp in front of her home.

“I came off of the couch because they hit that with such force,” said Lewellen.

Police arrested the 57-year-old driver of that car. He’s facing charged for driving while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement. Lewellen says police told her he was going close to 100 miles per hour.

The ramp in front of her home was Lewellen’s only way to get out. She says a local organization installed it for her a few years ago.

“I can’t walk so I have walkers that I use to get down the ramp,” said Lewellen. “Every day I go out there I think God had been so good to me.”

Her insurance company says that in order to get the ramp fixed she will have to pay a $1,500 deductible, something she says she can’t afford on her fixed income.

“I’m a homebound social security limited person,” said Lewellen.

Lewellen hopes to find help to fix her ramp, but she’s also worried about the man who took it out.

“I just want to make sure he’s okay and has learned right from his mistake,” said Lewellen.

If you or someone you know has any information on an organization that can help Lewellen get her ramp fixed, you can reach out to Graham Hunter at

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