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Indiana State Police Master Trooper James Bailey killed in crash

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Indiana State Police Master Trooper James Bailey killed in crash

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) -- An Indiana State Police trooper has died after authorities say he tried to stop a speeding vehicle during a traffic stop on I-69 Friday.

State Police say 50-year-old Master Trooper James R. Bailey of Auburn died at a local hospital. 

Investigators say Bailey was helping other troopers with weather-related crashes on I-69 around 4:30 p.m. when he learned a Fort Wayne Police officer was chasing a vehicle heading in their direction.

Police say Bailey was struck by the vehicle when he deployed Stop Sticks to slow it down.

Investigators identified the driver as 42-year-old Terry Dewaine Sands, II, of Marion. Sands being held at the DeKalb County Jail on a charge of resisting law enforcement causing death to a law enforcement officer, a Level 2 felony. 

Bailey is survived by his wife, son, and daughter. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb released the following statement: 

"Our prayers are with Master Trooper James R. Bailey’s family, fellow troopers, and all of Indiana State Police as we learn of his death in the line of service. His legacy will live on, and his memory will never be forgotten. Janet and I send the family our condolences for the loved ones of Master Trooper Bailey."

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