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Inmate escapes, steals vehicle, leads deputies on chase

Inmate escapes, steals vehicle, leads deputies on chase

YELLOWBUD, Ohio (WTVN) -- A man who led authorities on a high speed chase after escaping custody has died.

Fayette County Sheriff's deputies took David Payne, 27, to the hospital after he complained of a medical problem. When they arrived, Payne took off on foot before stealing a vehicle and leading police on a high speed chase.

The chase went into Pickaway and Ross County before turning north back into Pickaway County again. Stop sticks were used to flatten the car's tires. Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth says Payne lost control and rolled the vehicle several times into a corn field along State Route 104. He described it as a "catastrophic" crash about a mile north of the Ross County line.

Payne was ejected from the vehicle and thrown about 50 feet. He was flown to a hospital where he died.

Stanforth thinks Payne faked his illness to get to the hospital.

"We believe that this may have been planned. We're doing that investigation now," Stanforth said.

Payne had been awaiting trial on drug charges.

 

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