IMPD: Alcohol may be factor after 27-year-old runs red light, causes crash with officer

Alcohol may be factor after 27-year-old runs red light, causes crash with IMPD officer. (WISH Photo)
Alcohol may be factor after 27-year-old runs red light, causes crash with IMPD officer. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police say an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer is recovering after an early morning crash Thursday.

Police said a drunk driver may have caused the crash.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. near East Raymond Street and South Keystone Avenue. Police said the 27-year-old driver of the silver car ran a red light crossing in front of the officer in their squad car.

Police said the smell of alcohol and other evidence on the scene led them to believe the driver may have been under the influence. They did not say what that other evidence was.

A police spokesperson said originally the officer could not get out of the driver’s side on his own. He is expected to be okay despite the serious damage to his squad car.

“Initially of course a little shock. I actually observed the officer get loaded in the ambulance, gave me the thumbs up so that’s always good news,” IMPD Captain Harold Turner said.

Police said both the officer and the driver were taken to the hospital in good condition.

a DUI officer met the ambulance carrying the driver to Sidney & Eskenazi Health to conduct a thorough DUI investigation.

Police said what the DUI officer found at the hospital will determine whether charges need to be field with the prosecutor’s office.