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Suspect crashes into museum, officers rescue driver from burning car

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(Source: Evansville Police Department) (Source: Evansville Police Department)

Three Evansville police officers rescued a man from his car after a fiery crash Saturday morning when the vehicle crashed into a downtown museum. 

Police say the crash ended a car chase that began at 5:30 a.m. when officers were called to the 1500 block of Judson for a report of shots being fired.

When officers arrived in the neighborhood, they spotted a car leaving at a fast speed. When officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver, 21-year-old Sean Whitlock, refused to stop.

Officers say Whitlock continued on until he crashed into the African American Museum at the intersection of Garvin and Lincoln and his car caught on fire.

Whitlock suffered several severe injuries and was unable to get out of the car. The department says Officers Ryan Winters, Mike Evans, and Jackie Lowe pulled Whitlock from the burning car. 

Whitlock was taken to a hospital for treatment of several broken bones and other injuries. He is expected to recover. Police say Whitlock will be charged with Resisting Law Enforcement after his release from the hospital. 

There were no reports of injuries from the initial shots fired call. Investigators have not determined if Whitlock was involved in the original call. 

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