Robert Earl Clevenger
Indiana State Police
Tuesday, September 8, 1953

Age: 22
Served: 1 year
Badge #:
Panel 12W, Line 1
Panel L16, Line 3

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicle pursuit
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, September 8, 1953
02:20 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
County Road 125 West and County Road 400 South
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Charges dismissed
Burial Place:
Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City

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   Trooper Robert Clevenger was killed in a single-vehicle accident while in pursuit of a traffic violator on a graveled county road about four miles southwest of New Castle.

   He observed a motorist proceed through a stoplight at 25th Street and Grand Avenue and began pursuing the vehicle, which continued on Dublin Pike. Near New Lisbon, the vehicle turned onto an unpaved road, passing State Roads 103 and 3 westbound.

   The 13-mile chase led to a T-intersection when the driver turned north. Due to the dust created by the pursued vehicle, Trooper Clevenger was unable to see ahead to an embankment, struck it head-on with his squad car and overturned.

   A 26-year-old man was apprehended later that day and charged with reckless driving and reckless homicide that were later dismissed. He was returned to Pennsylvania for violating his parole on a 2½-to-5-year sentence for burglary and larceny. 

   Trooper Clevenger, from Centerville, was assigned to the Connersville post. He was survived by his wife, parents, paternal and maternal grandfathers.

Military Service

United States Marine Corps
World War II
Sergeant (SGT) ▪ 1949–1950
 1950–1952 (Reserves)

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