- Associated Press - Saturday, May 24, 2014

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana man has been jailed after authorities say he crashed his motorcycle into a police cruiser during a chase.

Police tell the Evansville Courier & Press (https://bit.ly/1vZmYHC ) that officers initially thought 26-year-old Benjamin Burtis Claspell was riding a moped. They say they pursued the man from nearby Newburgh after he ran a red light about 2 a.m. Saturday.

After the vehicle reached 45 mph, it was legally classified as a motorcycle. When a patrol car blocked Claspell from leaving a bank’s parking lot, police say he lost control and struck the cruiser broadside.

Police say a blood test showed Claspell had a blood alcohol content more than three times Indiana’s legal limit. He’s being held in Vanderburgh County Jail. It isn’t clear whether he has a lawyer.

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Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, https://www.courierpress.com

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