IMPD: Suspect out on parole causes crash, backup on I-70

(Photo Provided/IMPD)
(Photo Provided/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A chase on Interstate 70 caused a major traffic backup on Tuesday evening.

(WISH Photo)
(WISH Photo)

The chase started just before 4 p.m., near the 84 mile marker on westbound I-70. The chase ended near the Keystone Avenue exit on I-70.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the chase. Indiana State Police assisted during the chase.

According to IMPD, an officer was patrolling I-70 near the Mount Comfort exit. The officer attempted to pull over a vehicle with California plates after noticing several traffic violations. Investigators said the driver got off on Post Road, then did a u-turn and started travelling back on I-70 in the wrong direction.

The suspect rear-ended one vehicle, cause a chain reaction that ultimately involved five vehicles. The suspect then fled from his vehicle, ran across the interstate and was then taken into a custody at a nearby business.

Two drivers had minor injuries and were not transported, two more drivers were uninjured and a fifth went to the hospital with an arm injury.

IMPD said drugs and money were located in the suspect’s vehicle. IMPD said the suspect told officers he was out on parole out of California and that his arrest would cause him to go back to prison for the rest of his life.

The suspect has been arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of a narcotic drug.

INDOT said four westbound lanes were closed near the 84.4 mile marker until after 6 p.m.

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