INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – IMPD detectives arrested a man in connection to a police chase on the city’s west side that led to an officer’s car getting rammed into Saturday night. According to Officer Rafael Diaz, the IMPD officer who was previously said to be placed on administrative leave, will no longer be on leave because no one was injured when he discharged his weapon.
Police said Erik Boswell, 23, of Indianapolis, had a warrant out for his arrest when he led police on a chase near 12th and Alton. The warrant was for a parole violation, according to Diaz.
Diaz said during the chase, Boswell hit reverse and rammed into an IMPD officer’s car, causing the airbag to deploy and the officer to hit his head on the door. The officer then drew and discharged his weapon, but did not hit anyone, according to police.
IMPD officials said four people were inside the truck during the chase, which was later determined to be stolen. All four people were taken into custody, including Boswell, but no other arrests have been made as of Sunday morning, according to Diaz.
Boswell was preliminary charged with Resisting Law Enforcement, Fleeing, Theft, and four counts of Criminal Recklessness, all of which are felony charges.
Diaz said Boswell is awaiting a final charging decision by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office at the Arrestee Processing Center.
Diaz said on Saturday that it’s standard for officers to be placed on administrative leave when incidents like this happen.