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1 critical, 2 serious after police chase ends in crash

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The driver of a suspected stolen vehicle was critically injured after running a red light and crashing into another vehicle while being chased by Indianapolis metropolitan police on Friday night.

The chase started after officers at 16th Street and Emerson Avenue around 5:45 p.m. attempted to stop a vehicle that was believed to be stolen and whose four occupants were believed to be armed, said Officer Genae Cook with IMPD Public Affairs.

During the pursuit, someone threw an object later identified as a gun out the window of the suspected stolen vehicle, Cook said.

The pursuit continued to 30th and Emerson, where the driver of the suspected stolen vehicle went through a red light, crashing into an eastbound vehicle, Cook said.

The driver of the suspected stolen vehicle was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Two other people in that vehicle were taken to hospitals in serious condition. The fourth person received minor injuries, Cook said.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle received minor injuries, and no officers were injured, Cook said.

The intersection is expected to be closed until at least 9 p.m., Cook said. 

No preliminary charges had been announced Friday night.

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2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.

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