IMPD car set on fire in north side driveway

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police are investigating after they say an IMPD car was intentionally set on fire Wednesday morning.

According to fire officials, crews were called to the driveway of a home on the north side around 6:27 a.m. on a report of a car fire.  When they arrived, they found an IMPD cruiser fully engulfed in flames.

Crews say the fire did not spread beyond the police car and no one was hurt in the incident. IMPD estimates it would cost $25,000 to replace the squad car. 24-Hour News 8 crews were on the scene as crews towed the burned out vehicle away. Investigators have not released what type of equipment may have been inside the squad car.

“It’s somebody who doesn’t have respect for police. It is a social problem more than a neighborhood problem, but it’s concerning,” said resident Bill Lee.

Police declined to release any information on the officer and a request for 911 calls on the incident was denied.

The person responsible would face a criminal mischief charge, and possibly arson if caught. There are no enhanced charges simply because it’s a police car.

Police continue to investigate what they are calling an arson. Anyone with information is urge to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS (8477).

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