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Newton man charged in chase resulting in crash, several injuries

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 11:42 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 11:44 a.m. CST

Charges have been filed against a Newton man in connection with a September chase that resulted in an accident with several people injured.

Caleb M. Schwabe, 20, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday for eluding, a Class D felony; driving while license barred; and leaving the scene of a death or personal injury accident.

At 8:34 p.m. Sept. 22, Newton authorities attempted to stop a vehicle in the 1000 block of East 12th Street North for having an inoperable third brake light. The vehicle continued driving into a corn field, causing an estimated $1,500 worth of damage and then went northbound on East 19th Street North until reaching North 39th Avenue East. The vehicle then drove east on East 60th Street North and went north before overturning in a ditch in the 4200 block of East 60th Street North, resulting in injuries to four of the five occupants in the vehicle.

Emergency medical crews responded to the scene, and one occupant was transported to a hospital by a helicopter while two others were transported by ambulance. Two occupants in the vehicle identified Schwabe as the driver. Schwabe fled the scene. When contacted later by police, he admitted to being in the vehicle but would not state who was driving.

Schwabe is being held in the Jasper County Jail.

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