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Man suffers serious injuries after ‘suspicious’ vehicle flees police, crashes

Published: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 7:58 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Vandalia Crash Cruiser Cam

UPDATE @ 9:10 a.m.:

The driver that crashed a car into a pole and tree on Helke Road in Vandalia took off from officers moments before the crash, according to police.

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The driver, only identified as a man, was not wearing a seat belt, police said. He suffered injuries described as “serious to critical,” according to a Vandalia Fire official. 

Officers responded to the area of Helke and National roads on reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area. A citizen followed the suspicious car to the parking lot of Sightless Children Club on Helke Road. 

Police arrived at the parking lot and attempted to talk to the driver, but the car took off, a Vandalia police official said. 

One person was removed from a single vehicle crash on Helke Road

Officers did not pursue the vehicle, but found the car had crashed at the intersection of Helke and Stonequarry roads. 

Police said the car lost control and slammed into a pole and tree. 

Police continue to block the area to complete a crash investigation. 

We’ll update this story as we learn more. 


A young, male driver suffered serious injuries after a crash occurred on Helke Road Wednesday morning, according to officials. 

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Initial reports indicate a vehicle struck a pole around 7:30 a.m., prompting police, medic, and fire units to respond to the scene.

It is unknown if the driver, who was the sole occupant in the vehicle, was wearing a seat belt. 

Helke Road at Stonequarry Road will reportedly be blocked while the crash is being handled.

Emergency scanner traffic also indicated that Dayton Power and Lights will be called to the scene.

We’ll continue to update this story as details become available.