Car theft suspect leads police on high-speed chase, ends with downtown crash

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 8, 2014) – A high-speed chase ended with a crash near Meridian and Maryland streets in downtown Indianapolis Thursday morning, injuring two people and resulting in the arrest of another.

Indiana State Police dispatchers said the chase began in Putnam County before going through Hendricks, Morgan and Marion counties. The pursuit reached speeds in excess of 120 mph on Interstate 70 and involved a stolen SUV from Illinois. State police said the man behind the wheel of a white Ford Escape, later identified as 23-year-old Torvon Davis, was driving erratically during the chase, passing cars on the right side of the interstate and even swerving at officers. At one point, Davis tried to hit an officer on a motorcycle, state police said.

The SUV got off of I-70 on West Street and hit a curb, damaging the left rear tire. The car proceeded onto Meridian Street, where an Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer had deployed stop sticks, which hit the vehicle’s front left tire. State police said the SUV broadsided a navy blue Ford at the intersection of Meridian and Maryland, causing the Ford to spin onto a nearby sidewalk and hit a woman on a bicycle. Jannelle Nordlund, 25, was pinned briefly underneath and had to be extricated. She went to IU Health Methodist Hospital due to complaints of pain in her foot.  She is listed in stable condition. The driver of the Ford, 33-year-old Wyatt Luelf, was also hurt, police said, describing his injuries as minor.

Davis faces multiple felony charges, including resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle causing injury, possession of a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, criminal recklessness with a motor vehicle and battery waste on a police officer.  Police said Davis will also face criminal charges in Putnam County and in Illinois.

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Police said the stolen SUV slammed into this car at the intersection of Meridian and Maryland (photo by Russ McQuaid)

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Ford Escape involved in chase that ended with crash in downtown Indianapolis (photo by Russ McQuaid)