2 in custody after Darke County police chase ends in crash

Charles Keller, left, and Devan Phillips
Charles Keller, left, and Devan Phillips

Credit: Darke County Jail

Credit: Darke County Jail

A man and woman are in the Darke County Jail after a pursuit ended in a crash at U.S. 36 and U.S. 127.

Darke County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of U.S. 36 west and the Indiana and Ohio state line around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after Indiana law enforcement officers contacted deputies about a pursuit.

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The chase involved a 2017 GMC U-Haul heading east on U.S. 36 driven by 53-year-old Charles Keller of Anderson, Indiana, according to deputies.

Keller lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 36 and U.S. 127 and hit a 1992 GMC that was stopped on U.S. 127.

Keller was traveling 40-50 mph at the time of the crash, according to deputies.

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Keller and his passenger, Devan Phillips, 30, of Anderson, Ind., were both booked into the Darke County Jail on a preliminary fugitive from justice charge. Keller also was arrested for failure to comply, according to the jail booking site. Formal charges for Keller and Phillips have not been filed at this time.

The driver of the 1992 GMC and his juvenile passenger were treated at the scene and released.

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