Driver dies after fleeing Steuben Co. deputy and crashing

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ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) – A driver is dead after officials say he tried to drive off from a Steuben County Deputy Tuesday night.

According to the release from the Angola Police Department, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department was involved in a welfare check in the area of 200 West and I-69 after 8 p.m. on Tuesday. A deputy saw a car involved in the welfare check as it was entering the I-69 southbound from 200 West. The deputy tried to stop the car as it exited the interstate at U.S. 20., but the driver, later identified as 25-year-old Brice Bassett, took off.

The car, which had taken off driving west on U.S. 20, crashed head-on with a van that was driving east. Bassett was air lifted to a hospital in critical condition. He died early Wednesday morning. The driver of the other car, 57-year-old Robert Cosky, complained of pain but refused treatment at the scene.

U.S. 20 was closed for almost four hours while police worked on the scene. The Angola Police Department is continuing to investigate this crash.

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