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State trooper rear-ended during stop

Posted at 3:51 PM, Apr 25, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana State Trooper was injured Monday when his patrol car was rear-ended during a traffic stop on Shadeland Avenue.

The collision occurred around 12:20 p.m. just north of 38th Street.

Trooper Derek Miller was sitting in his patrol car with all emergency lights activated when a southbound Chevrolet Trailblazer crashed into the rear of his vehicle, causing him in turn to crash into the rear of the vehicle he had stopped.

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Miller was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The occupants of the vehicle Miller had stopped were checked by paramedics and released at the scene.

The driver of the Trailblazer, later identified as Frank Allen Freduccia, 49, told police he may have fallen asleep just prior to the crash.

He was arrested after his release from the hospital. During an investigation, he told police he had just used meth prior to the crash, and was driving a stolen vehicle. When he was taken out of the hospital in police custody, he ran from the police, but was recaptured. 

Freduccia faces the following preliminary charges:

  • Operating while intoxicated
  • Operating while intoxicated refusal
  • Operating while intoxicated causing injury
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Resisting law enforcement
  • Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle

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