Police chase ends in crash, arrest of ‘dangerous felon’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A police chase ended with a crash and a wanted man taken into custody early Friday morning.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials said the chase started just after 3 a.m. at 16th Street and Sherman Drive. Officers on patrol pulled over a suspicious vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver is believed to have provided a fake identification, police said. When officers returned to question him, the driver sped off.

After a six minute chase, the suspect’s pickup truck was T-boned by a vehicle heading north on Sherman Drive, crashing at 36th Street and Sherman Drive. The collision left the truck on its side.

Police said the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Martez Smith, was a “dangerous felon” wanted on multiple warrants, including dealing cocaine, resisting law enforcement, felony battery, misdemeanor battery, domestic battery, criminal confinement and strangulation.

Additional charges are expected to be filed after narcotics and spent shell casings were found in and around the truck, police said.

Smith and a passenger in the truck had minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. A second passenger was not hurt. The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured.

The intersection of 36th Street and Sherman Drive was temporarily closed as police investigated.