Indiana Man Killed in Michigan: Midnight Crash into Tree 


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CASS COUNTY, MI — An Indiana man is dead after a chase early Sunday morning.

According to Cass County Sheriff reports it began around midnight Sunday, when a police chase originating from Nappanee, Indiana, led to a devastating crash in Michigan. 

Adrian Smith, 49, of Elkhart, Indiana, died when an allegedly stolen vehicle he was in as a passenger struck a tree near Cassopolis Road. Smith reportedly wasn’t wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. 

A short time later, the driver escaped on foot, only to be apprehended swiftly by a Michigan State Police K-9 unit. Authorities suspect drugs played a role in the fatal incident. The driver’s identity will be revealed post-arraignment.


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