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High-speed chase ends in Bargersville wreck

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A woman who led police on a chase through Bargersville took her vehicle to a speed of at least 112 mph, and when police finally caught up with her she told officers she wanted to die.

The driver, Angela Balser, 38, of 5715 Sunnyvale Drive, Bargersville, was in good condition Wednesday in Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. She was injured in the chase after crashing into a fence, a mailbox, two utility poles, two parked cars, a trailer and a tree, according to a Bargersville Police Department news release.

Police are investigating.

Dispatchers started getting calls about a possible drunken driver in a white Mustang heading south on State Road 135 from Whiteland Road about 11 p.m. Sunday. Bargersville police and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies soon found the car speeding east on State Road 144, the news release said.

The officers and a deputy caught up with the car at a driveway near State Road 144 and County Road 125W, and when an officer pulled in behind Balser’s vehicle she took off through the home’s front yard and sped north on County Road 125W, the news release said.

Another Bargersville officer tried to use stop sticks to stop Balser at the intersection of State Road 135 and State Road 144, but she was going too fast and almost hit the officer’s car, the news release said.

Balser was driving more than 100 mph when she entered a Bargersville neighborhood just west of State Road 135, where the speed limit is 30 mph. She was in the 300 block of Old Plank Road when she drove off the road and hit the fence, mailbox, utility poles, cars, trailer and tree.

Balser’s car overturned and stopped after she hit the tree in a resident’s front yard, and police found her hanging upside down by her seat belt. Her car’s speedometer was locked at 112 mph, the report and news release said.

She told police at the scene that she wanted to die, the report said.

Some residents in and around Bargersville lost power for about three hours because of power lines that were damaged.

The Johnson County prosecutor will decide what, if any, charges to file.

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