IMPD officer dragged when suspect flees traffic stop
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer suffered minor injuries after he was dragged by a driver trying to flee the scene of a traffic stop.
According to police, the officer attempted to make a traffic stop shortly before 2 a.m. near West 16th Street and Lafayette Road for multiple traffic violations.
When the officer approached the suspect’s vehicle he observed the suspect attempting to hide what appeared to be cocaine in his mouth.
The suspect then took off, trapping the officer’s arm in the window, dragging him about 50 feet.
Police pursued the suspect’s grey Chrysler north on Lafayette Road nearing West 30th Street.
Officers attempted to execute a PIT maneuver multiple times but were unsuccessful. On their fifth attempt, officers successfully ended the pursuit in the 2400 block of Lafayette Road.
Police used pepper spray and a stun gun to subdue the suspect following the crash.
A medic transported the suspect to Wishard Hospital for treatment to minor injuries and for a blood draw for drugs and alcohol.
The suspect, a 40-year-old male, faces preliminary charges including battery, resisting law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance. The suspect admitted to police he had used alcohol earlier and swallowed cocaine.
The officer was checked out and has since returned to duty.