IMPD: Driver hit parked cars, police cruiser

(WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Bouncing from bumper to bumper, a suspected drunk driver left a trail of destruction down an east side street.

Police say an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department cruiser and several other cars were damaged early Tuesday morning after police say the driver crashed into the vehicles.

(WISH Photo)
(WISH Photo)

It happened around 12:30 a.m. on 11th Street near Emerson.

“Our neighborhood’s been fairly quiet up to this point,” said Leslie Thompson.

That point was early this morning when the silence along her quiet street was shattered over and over again.

“I thought it was thunder,” one neighbor told us.

“We witnessed him crash into our car, then he ran into our neighbors car,” Thompson said. “He hit it, backed up, hit it again five different times.”

Beverly Hurt described what she heard saying, “Just big bangs like a car crash every time, except the fence was much louder.”

That fence the driver crashed through was in her back yard. “Just an idiot on the road that shouldn’t have been on the road,” she said.

“It looked like pinball machine going back and forth hitting cars, back and forth,” explained Thompson.

By the looks of it, any car parked near around 11th Street near Emerson Avenue took a hit.

“From what I understand it think it goes down about four or five blocks and we got the worst of it,” she added.

Thompson said her boyfriend’s car is totaled and has already called her insurance company. The same goes for Hurt’s fence.

“I’ve already had a couple of people that do fencing have already called. I don’t know how they get the word so quick,” she said.

We didn’t have a chance to get to know all the victims on this block. But thanks to one driver’s wild ride, they all got to know each other.

“All of the neighbors were out last night. The neighbors we hadn’t met were met last night,” joked Thompson.

“All of us late-nighter’s all heard it I guess,” said Hurt,

Police say the driver was taken to the hospital in handcuffs. Nobody was hurt during his road rampage.

The squad car that was hit at the scene also had a K-9 unit inside. Thankfully, both the officer and police dog were fine.

They say he hit six parked cars before hitting the squad car at the Emerson intersection. Officers say the man kept driving and hit another vehicle and then eventually stopped.

Police handcuffed the driver at the scene before first responders took him to a local hospital.

Police say a metro officer and K-9 officer inside the squad car that was hit were not hurt.

Police say the driver is suspected of drinking and driving, but it was unclear if he was arrested. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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