Indiana State Police trooper Master Trooper James Bailey lost his life on Friday while assisting police during a pursuit on Interstate 69. Officials announced that the Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation has established a memorial fund in his honor. The 50-year-old served the ISP for more than 15 years. Donations can be made at indianafallen.org/fallen-heroes or through Venmo at @indiana-fallen-heroes.
According to the Indiana State Police, Bailey was helping other troopers with a traffic backup from weather-related crashes on the interstate when he was informed that a person evading Fort Wayne police officers was heading toward his location. Bailey began deploying stop sticks when he was struck by the suspect’s vehicle and critically injured.
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Bailey died at a hospital, leaving behind his wife, son, and daughter. Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter expressed his condolences, stating that “this is a tremendously sad day for the entire Indiana State Police family.”
Police identified the accused driver as 42-year-old Terry Dewaine Sands II of Marion. Sands was arrested and booked in DeKalb County Jail on a preliminary felony charge of resisting law enforcement, causing death to a law enforcement officer. The DeKalb County Prosecutor will determine the final charges.