INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 8, 2014) – A man led police on a car chase early Saturday morning with his two young children in the car. The car chase turned into a manhunt when the man ran off into a field. Police frantically searched for the man and his kids using K-9 officers and a helicopter.
The chase started just before 2 a.m. when a Brownsburg Police K-9 Officer attempted to pull the car over in Hendricks County at Raceway Road and County Road 100 South. The man led police to the Southwest side where he got stuck in a field behind a house in the 6200 block of Kentucky Avenue.
During the pursuit the a Brownsburg Police SUV lost control and crashed into a home. There were people inside the home but no one was injured. The officer was checked out at a hospital and released.
Police immediately began searching for the suspect, later identified as Ryan Ogden, 29 of Indianapolis, who fled the scene on foot. Ogden also had a 3-year-old and 9-month-old in the car with him.
Officers located the 3-year-old child alone in nearby field. They were able to find the child using a police helicopter that was equipped with heat sensing technology.
Police continued to search for the suspect and the missing infant when a tip came in. A homeowner called 911 to report a suspicious man came to his door asking to use the phone. Investigators say the homeowner was alarmed when he noticed the man was barefoot, bloody, and carrying a baby.
The suspect was arrested in the 7800 block of Kentucky Avenue. The baby was transported to the hospital to be treated for cuts and scrapes. Police were concerned about possible hypothermia because the man and the baby were outside for nearly five hours.
Detectives said they do not know why the man was on the run.