Indiana State Police are investigating the death of 27-year-old Casey Allen May, of rural Auburn, who died in a vehicle crash Monday morning in southeastern DeKalb County.
According to Senior Trooper Steve Malone, around 9:15 a.m., a DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy had responded to a residence in the 5300 block of County Road 51. The deputy had made personal contact with May through a window, when he went into the garage, got into a Jeep and drove through the closed garage door. As a result, the Jeep collided with the Deputy's police car before speeding off southbound on County Road 51.
A second DeKalb County deputy arrived just as the Jeep headed south. With his emergency lights and siren on, the deputy tried to catch up to the Jeep. The Jeep left the west side of the roadway, between County Roads 56 and 60, approximately one mile south of the residence where the chase began, struck a tree head-on and caught fire. May, who was alone at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene by Jeff Warner, DeKalb County Coroner.
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. Assisting at the scene were the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, the DeKalb County Coroner, the Spencerville Fire Department and the Concord Township Fire Department.
County Road 51 has been re-opened to normal traffic flow in that area.