Crime Watch 8

Truck crashes, rolls after driving ‘erratically’ in police chase; one dead

Police chase ends in fatal crash

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — One man died Wednesday night in a west side truck crash following a minutes-long police pursuit, authorities said.

The fatal crash was reported around 6:40 p.m. at the intersection of West Michigan Street and Grande Avenue.

The lone vehicle involved was a silver Chevy Silverado with three occupants, according to police.

An officer had attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the truck around 6:30 p.m. near North Warman Avenue and West Ohio Street for an undisclosed traffic infraction.

The truck failed to pull over, officials said, and fled from the officer.

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The officer pursued the truck but turned their flashing lights off after noticing the truck’s “erratic” driving, according to Maj. Harold S. Turner, an Indianapolis police spokesperson.

“Less than two minutes into the pursuit, the officer shut down his emergency equipment but continued west as that was the last known direction of the Chevy Silverado,” said Turner. “As the officer was traveling west, looking for the vehicle — driving normally at this time — he unfortunately noticed the scene… where the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed, inverting the vehicle.”

Authorities were unable to immediately determine what caused the truck to lose control and roll before coming to rest on its side.

Detectives on scene could not confirm if the deceased had been the driver or a passenger.

The two other people in the truck — a man and a woman — were stabilized at local hospitals, police said.

One occupant attempted to flee the crash scene but was apprehended by police.

“I’m surprised anyone can walk away from that wreck, much less run,” a witness told News 8.

After the pursuit, officials discovered the Chevy Silverado had been reported stolen.

Turner called it a “fresh steal,” noting the report was filed Tuesday, but declined to share further details.