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Man attempted to run over officer and collided with IMPD cars during chase through Indianapolis

Pursuit began around midnight in Clermont
Posted at 8:43 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 08:43:21-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A man was arrested early Monday after he led officers on a chase through Indianapolis that ended on Monument Circle, police said.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a report of an intoxicated driver around 8 p.m. in Clermont, IMPD Major Kerry Buckner said.

Police began a short pursuit, which ended when the man ran to a house and would not come out. Buckner said officers decided to end the pursuit.

Buckner said officers were again called around midnight about a suspicious person looking in vehicles. The man, who police believed was still intoxicated, drove away in a work van officers recognized from the previous call.

The man led officers on a pursuit on Interstates 70 and 465 with speeds reaching as high as 80 mph, although Buckner said the man drove between 20-30 mph during most of the chase.

Buckner said the man stopped several times, intentionally backed into police cars and attempted to run over an officer who was placing stop sticks in the roadway.

The driver exited into Downtown Indianapolis and continued down Alabama Street where Buckner said he attempted to carjack someone at a gas station.

The chase ended around 12:30 a.m. on Monument Circle in front of the Emmis Communications building.

Buckner said no civilians were injured and one officer suffered a neck injury when the man backed into his vehicle. Five police cars were damaged during the chase.

The man had an arrest warrant for syringe possession, Buckner said.