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Suspect in custody after multiple hit-and-run crashes in downtown Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 26, 2015) -- Police took a man into custody after several people were struck by a hit-and-run driver in downtown Indianapolis Wednesday morning. Six people had been hit, police dispatchers said, during a frantic morning in the downtown area that involved five different scenes.

This started as a stabbing around 6:45 a.m. in the 3700 block of Roseway Drive. In that case, a woman was stabbed in the stomach and taken to Eskenazi Hospital. The suspect then stole the woman's Ford Edge and drove around downtown, hitting pedestrians.

Police later identified the suspect as Michael Morris. Morris is married to the stabbing victim. Police believe Morris had consumed illegal narcotics and became violent.

Here are the areas affected:

  • Pennsylvania and Market – 2 pedestrians hit, taken away in ambulance
  • Ohio and Illinois – 1 pedestrian hit, walked away from scene with no real injuries
  • Michigan and Delaware – motorcyclist hit/run over
  • Conrad Hotel - 1 person struck
  • Washington and Meridian - 1 person hit

One witness who was struck said the SUV was going at a "high rate of speed" when it turned the corner and sideswiped him, knocking him to the ground. Morris didn't stop and proceeded toward the valet area of the Conrad Hotel, where he ran into two other pedestrians.

"It was at that time I realized he was intentionally trying to strike individuals," said witness David Gadis. "I was injured, but the other individuals had horrific injuries. I just thank God that I was not run over totally by this vehicle."

At first, he thought the driver simply didn't see him or suffered from a medical condition.

"I thought maybe it was an individual that maybe had a seizure, but this individual was intentionally trying to hit people," he said.

Police found the unoccupied SUV parked near 30th and Cold Spring. The vehicle had visible damage, but Morris had gotten out.

Police later took Morris into custody in the area of 30th and Lafayette after an officer spotted a man walking in the area. He was preliminarily charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, strangulation and battery.