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Indiana County chase ends with car in pond

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Saturday, April 19, 2014, 2:27 p.m.

A car being chased by police plunged into a pond late Friday, forcing emergency responders to expedite rescue of a passenger, state police at Indiana said.

Kevin C. Vasbinder, 21, of Mentcle allegedly fled from police about 11 p.m., when troopers went to the Wal-Mart in White for a reported retail theft, authorities said. He and a passenger accelerated past a patrol car and sped onto Route 286 in a gold Buick Century.

Vasbinder lost control after he turned onto Indiana Springs Road, state police said.

The Buick crossed over Route 954, went over a berm and then up an embankment, before it flipped onto its roof in the pond, estimated to be 4 to 5 feet deep, authorities said.

Vasbinder, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center for treatment, police said. The 16-year-old female passenger, who was not identified by police, suffered injuries in the crash and was trapped in the vehicle as it began to fill with water, authorities said.

She was extricated from the car by police and emergency responders.

Information about her condition wasn't available.

Vasbinder was arraigned Saturday morning on charges including aggravated assault and fleeing or eluding police and was jailed on $50,000 bond, police said.

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