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IMPD officer crashes into unrelated car during pursuit, seriously injuring driver

IMPD officer crashes into unrelated car during pursuit, seriously injuring driver


Lt. Scott Kulig, IMPD body-worn camera system administrator, talks about the new cameras that IMPD officers are currently wearing in the field. Indianapolis Star

A police pursuit for a stolen U-Haul truck left a woman and officer hospitalized Wednesday night on Indianapolis’ south side.

Shortly after 9 p.m., officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department saw a U-Haul truck that had been reported stolen Tuesday evening. Police said the driver refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued heading west from Troy and Madison avenues. 

IMPD Lt. Shane Foley said an officer hit a car not involved in the pursuit and heading south at the intersection of West Troy Avenue and Bluff Road — roughly a mile from where the chase began. The 33-year-old woman driving the vehicle was taken to the hospital in critical condition and since has been upgraded to serious but stable condition.

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Foley said the officer was also injured, but not seriously, and was taken to a hospital. 

Police found the stolen, 10-foot U-Haul box truck west of the intersection and detained two people inside.

IMPD’s Internal Affairs arrived at the scene to investigate whether police followed the department’s pursuit policy. Fatal crash investigators responded to the scene “out of an abundance of caution,” Foley said. 

Foley said just before 11 p.m. that he expected the intersection to remain closed for several hours.

At 11:30 p.m., a mangled red car remained at the corner of the intersection next to an AES Indiana utility pole. Within feet, a squad car sat in the yard of a home.

Contact Sarah Nelson at or 317-503-7514. 

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Published at Thu, 10 Jun 2021 03:14:04 +0000