Homeowner upset his fence was damaged in police chase

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis homeowner wants to know who is going to pay for the damage to his property after a weekend police chase.

That chase took officers through two counties before ending in the homeowners backyard on Indianapolis’ south side.

Tim Garrard said he wants resolution and compensation for the chase he said he’s not responsible for.

“We came out of the house and our fences and everything was destroyed, it was cops every where and nobody was really saying nothing except they were in a high speed chase,” Garrard said.

Just a day after that high speed chase, Garrard spoke with 24-Hour News 8 about the damage left behind in his backyard.

“Some of my fence post was thrown over a hundred feet when the vehicle hit them,” said Gerrard.

That vehicle was the SUV driven by 29 year-old Ryan Ogden of Indianapolis. Brownsburg Police were in pursuit of Ogden, who investigators say was driving with a 3 year-old and 9-month-old inside. IMPD also got involved in the chase, putting up their helicopter and thermo-imaging equipment.

“We had State Police out here, IMPD, Hendricks Co. Sheriff’s Dept. and Brownsburg Police Department – all officers were extremely motivated to find this individual and find the two children,” said IMPD Lt. Scott Hessong.

They eventually did find him. Ogden was arrested and police left the scene.

“When we contacted them the next day, it was just kind of like you either sue the suspect or turn it into the homeowners insurance,” said Gerrard.

Garrard said he shouldn’t be responsible for paying for the damage he didn’t cause.

“I don’t believe I have to turn it into my homeowners insurance because Brownsburg police, to me, are at fault. When the speeds reach over 100 miles an hour, the chase should be stopped,” Garrard said.

24-Hour News 8 reached out to the Brownsburg Police Department, but didn’t get a response. IMPD said they didn’t initiate the chase, but assisted Brownsburg.

IMPD also said if they started the chase, the homeowner would have to file a tort claim with the city regarding the damage to his property.

Garrard said he’s considering filing a legal paperwork against the Brownsburg Police Department.

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