Fleeing Teen Faces Theft Charges After Crashing Vehicle 

A Knox County Teen is facing multiple charges after Driving a Stolen Vehicle and crashing it in Daviess County while fleeing Authorities.

Indiana State Police say at approximately 4:30 Monday afternoon a subject stole a  Ford Ranger pickup truck from a gas station located at 6th Street and Old Wheatland Road in Vincennes.

Moments after the stolen vehicle was dispatched by Vincennes City Police, a trooper with the Indiana State Police spotted it on US HWY 50 west of Wheatland.

Police say an attempt to stop the vehicle was made as it traveled east on US 50, but the driver, 18-year old Austin Eckes of Vincennes, refused to stop and accelerated to approximately 95 mph.

Police say Eckes attempted to turn south on State Road 57, but lost control and struck a cross over SUV that was stopped on State Road 57 in the left turn lane south of US 50.

After impact, police say the SUV was pushed into a passenger car that was stopped on 57 in the northbound lane. The car was then pushed into a pickup that was stopped in the right turn lane south of US 50.

Two of the drivers and two passengers were taken to Daviess County Hospital where they are currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup was not injured.

Eckes was taken to Daviess County Hospital for a neck injury, but he was released and taken to the Knox County Jail where he is currently being held on bond on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Theft and Reckless Driving.

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