Man led police on two-county chase, spit in officer’s face

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man with a possibly stolen vehicle led police on a two-county chase and then spit in a police officer’s face when they tried to arrest him, Indiana State Police Sgt. Rich Myers said.

One person was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital with minor injuries as a result of the chase, which ended in a crash in downtown Indianapolis.

Myers said the chase began in Putnam County and went along the interstate before the man exited at West Street in downtown Indy. After driving over stop sticks, which police use to stop fleeing cars, he continued but hit a Ford Taurus. The Taurus crashed into a woman riding a bicycle. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital with leg and back main. The driver of the Taurus was treated at the crash scene for cuts.

Police did not immediately name the suspect, though they think he may have stolen the car from a dealership in Illinois. When he crashed the vehicle, Myers said the man ran into a parking garage near Meridian and Maryland streets and was confronted by an IMPD officer. The officer had to tackle the man to the ground after Myers said the man refused to listen to police orders.

During the process of his arrest, the man spit in an IMPD officer’s face, Myers said. As a result, they covered his head with clothing when taking him into custody.

He faces possible charges of reckless driving, criminal endangerment with a motor vehicle and fleeing. He’ll likely face an additional felony charge for spitting in the face of an officer.

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