After Chase, Troopers Rescue Girl From Upside Down Car in Pond

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Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a 16-year-old passenger needed medical treatment after being rescued from a vehicle that landed upside-down in a pond after a police chase.

The Indiana Gazette reported Saturday that 21-year-old Kevin Vasbinder of Mentcle was charged with aggravated assault and other offenses after the Friday night chase that began when police were called to a store for a retail theft report.

The online court docket didn't list Vasbinder's case Saturday, and it wasn't clear if he was represented by a lawyer.

State police tell the paper Vasbinder allegedly lost control of a Buick at the intersection of Indian Springs Road and Route 954. The car went up an embankment, flipped and landed on its roof in the 5-foot-deep pond.

“The wheels were sticking up,” Paul Koons, an assistant chief of the Indiana Fire Association, told the paper.

The teen passenger was injured and unconscious, according to officials. State troopers jumped into the pond to free the girl.

She was rushed to Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh with undisclosed injuries.

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