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Brazil man dies after fleeing police

Saturday, February 25, 2006

A Brazil man died Friday night while resisting police.

According to Indiana State Police, at approximately 10:50 p.m. Friday,Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Frazier stopped a a vehicle driven by Bradley E. Karn II, 25, of 717 S. Walnut St.near the intersection of Walnut and Pinckley streets in Brazil.

The Black 1995 Oldsmobile 88 was stopped for failing to signal a turn. During the traffic stop investigation, the deputy found the driver was operating a vehicle with no insurance and the vehicle registration was false. Frazier summoned a wrecker and upon the arrival of the towing company, the suspect drove away. The suspect then fled south on S.R. 59 from Brazil and then eastbound on I-70.

Indiana State Police Troopers deployed stop sticks on eastbound I-70 near the 37 mile marker. The suspect's vehicle struck the stop sticks and the driver's side front and rear tires were deflated. The suspect continued eastbound and struck a second set of stop sticks near the 40.5 mile marker on eastbound I-70, placed there by Putnam County Sheriff's deputies. All four tires of the auto were deflated at that time; however, the suspect continued eastbound on I-70.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton then performed a slow speed legal intervention striking of the vehicle, causing Karn's vehicle to spin and come to a stop. Thevehicle was then enclosed by the police agencies involved and prevented from driving away.

The suspect refused to exit the vehicle and the driver's side and rear windows were broken out by state troopers and Putnam County Sheriff's deputies. The suspect was then sprayed with chemical agent by Clay County Deputy Jerry Siddons and forcefully removed from the vehicle via the passenger side by the Brazil Policeand Clay County Sheriff's dept. units.

Once on the ground, the suspect continued to resist, according to the ISP news release. The handcuffs were then applied and the suspect stopped breathing.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton and Indiana State Police Troopers Troy Cobb and Michael O'Rourke started team CPR with the aid of an automated external defibrillator. CPR was performed until the arrival of Cloverdale Fire Department Paramedics. Karn was then transported to Putnam County Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The cause of death was undetermined Saturday morning. An autopsy was scheduled at Terre Haute Regional Hospital Saturday afternoon.

Karn's family was notified of his death by the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

The investigation is being conducted by the Indiana State Police.

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