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Motorcyclist flees from trooper, ejected in crash

Motorcyclist flees from trooper, ejected in crash Motorcyclist flees from trooper, ejected in crash

A motorcyclist who led an Indiana State Police trooper on a short pursuit Monday evening was flown from the scene after leaving the roadway and crashing in a cornfield.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m.Monday, Indiana State Police Sgt. Katrina Smith was patrolling on S.R. 135 in Harrison County and attempted to stop the driver of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for traveling 91 mph in a 55-mph zone.

After Smith turned around on the motorcycle, the rider accelerated and turned east onto West Bradford Road before turning south on South Bradford Road. As the vehicle continued south at high speeds, it failed to navigate a 90-degree turn in the roadway and traveled off the roadway and over an embankment, becoming airborne. The motorcycle came to rest approximately 30 yards into a cornfield on the south side of the road. The rider, later identified as Brandon Lee Schmitt, 29, of Fredericksburg, was found approximately 12 yards past the motorcycle.

Smith provided first aid to Schmitt while awaiting EMS. He was later was flown to University Hospital in Louisville with multiple injuries; however, his injuries were not considered life threatening, police said.

As a result of the pursuit and subsequent investigation, Schmitt was charged and cited with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Level 6 felony; driving while suspended with a prior, a Class A misdemeanor; reckless driving, a Class C misdemeanor; and operating a motorcycle without endorsement, a Class C infraction.

Assisting at the scene were other ISP units as well as the Palmyra Police Dept., the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. and Harrison County Fire and Rescue.

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