INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer is home from IU Health Methodist Hospital recovering from serious injuries sustained after his squad car slammed into a concrete barrier on Interstate 65 late last week.
Sergeant Anthony McLemore bruised several ribs and broke his hip and right leg in the crash early Friday morning, according to police reports. The 14-year veteran detective was found unconscious inside his squad car near I-65 South and Keystone Parkway just before 3 a.m. He had to be extricated from the car by firefighters.
According to crash reports, investigators found that McLemore was traveling southbound on I-65 when he ran off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail. The car then careened off the guardrail and crossed all three lanes before hitting the center concrete barrier. No other vehicles were involved.
The crash report shows “ran off the road” as the only contributing circumstance to the crash. No additional vehicle failure, environmental or weather conditions are noted.
The report does not list speed, alcohol, drugs, cell phone usage, telematics (in-vehicle computer) or distracted driving as factors in the crash, but does label McLemore’s physical state at the time of the crash as “unknown.” Investigators were initially working to confirm if McLemore suffered a medical issue or may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
The results of a blood draw and additional toxicology tests are not available yet, but may be inconclusive because McLemore was given immediate medical treatment at the scene, which could skew results, said Lt. Chris Bailey.
The squad car’s airbags deployed and McLemore was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, the report also notes.