INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – Indiana State Police – handling security and traffic flow for the largest single-day event in the state, arrested seven people from early Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.
According to state police, five individuals were arrested for various crimes during the Indianapolis 500 weekend, including two for battery, two for disorderly conduct and one for minor consumption.
However, two incidents Sunday led to more serious charges.
The first happened during inbound traffic flow when a man deliberately disregarded troopers instructions to stop his vehicle, according to ISP. The driver, 35-year-old Joey Harlan of North Dakota, eventually stopped for cross traffic. Harlan then proceeded forward and struck a trooper in the upper body with his side mirror. Harlan was arrested and faces preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a vehicle and resisting arrest with a vehicle. The trooper was not hurt.
The second incident happened around 11:10 a.m. in parking lot C1.
According to ISP, troopers saw an SUV speeding through the lot and crash into a metal cable barrier. The vehicle then backed up and attempted to hit the barrier again. The vehicle then continued through the lot and the driver was apparently looking at troopers. They ordered him to stop but the vehicle turned towards them. ISP said one trooper was able to reach into an open window and pull the driver out once the vehicle came to a stop. ISP said through their investigation they learned Crawford Harper, Jr., 28, Indianapolis, stole the vehicle while a woman was sleeping in the backseat.
Harper is initially charged with kidnapping, vehicle theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal confinement, and leaving the scene of a crash.