Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 1 year
Badge # Not available
Cause: Vehicle pursuit
Incident Date: 9/8/1953
Weapon: Not available
Trooper Robert Clevenger was killed while in pursuit of a traffic violator on a graveled road southwest of New Castle in Henry County.
At 2:20 pm, Trooper Clevenger observed a motorist commit a traffic violation at an intersection and began pursuing the vehicle. The 13-mile chase led to a T-intersection and due to the dust created by the violator's vehicle, Trooper Clevenger was unable to see the embankment ahead and struck it head-on. Investigators found the license plate number in Trooper Clevenger's vehicle and arrested the subject, who was a parolee from Pennsylvania, later that day.
Trooper Clevenger had served with the Indiana State Police for one year and was assigned to the Connersville post. He was a US Marine Corps veteran. Trooper Clevenger was survived by his wife and parents.