ISP dive team searches south side pond for gun after police chase

A suspect is in custody following a chase on the city's south side on Sept. 13, 2017. (WISH photo/Sterling Hicks)
(Photo Provided/Beech Grove Police Department)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indiana State Police dive team spent more than three hours searching a south side pond for evidence Wednesday afternoon in connection to an early morning police chase.

Investigators scoured the pond and the field around it near I-65 and Keystone, where the chase ended. Beech Grove police said the dive team was trying to figure out if the suspect, 49-year-old Charles Stewart, tossed a gun during the police chase around 1 a.m.

Beech Grove police said an officer saw Stewart, who is now in jail, driving a vehicle with plates that didn’t match the vehicle. She tried to stop him and police said he drove off.

Detectives said Stewart hit someone else’s car during the chase and that driver is not injured.

Police said they heard gunshots during the chase and, according to investigators, a witness also heard shots.

Stewart eventually drove off the road to avoid officers and took off running into the field near I-65 and Keystone. Police said they saw him with a gun, but when officers caught up with him they didn’t find a gun.

“Even if at this point, we don’t find a gun, at least we know we’ve done everything we can to try to locate it,” Beech Grove Police Department Captain Robert Mercuri said.

Police searched the area both at night and in the day. They also used K-9s in their search.

Mercuri declined to comment on what, if anything, police found in the area of the pond.

Beech Grove police said Stewart was wanted by IMPD for domestic battery, criminal recklessness with a firearm and being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm.