UPDATE from Aug. 9, 2016:
Freduccia pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated causing serious injury. He was sentenced to 2 years in county jail.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Police arrested a driver on numerous charges after a state trooper was hurt Monday while conducting a traffic stop on the city’s northeast side.
Trooper Derek Miller stopped a vehicle on the southbound side near the 4300 block of Shadeland Avenue, just north of 38th Street, around 12:20 p.m.
Miller’s patrol car, which had all of its emergency lights activated, was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Trailblazer while he was sitting inside of it. The crash caused the trooper’s car to rear-end the stopped vehicle.
The driver of the SUV told investigators he might have fallen asleep just before the crash. Further investigation revealed the SUV had been stolen from an Indianapolis gas station in December. Police also said the driver, 49-year-old Frank Allen Freduccia of Louisiana, admitted he’d taken methamphetamine before the crash.
After being discharged from the hospital, Freduccia tried to get away. He was apprehended after a short chase on foot and was being held on multiple charges, including operating while intoxicated, possession of stolen property, resisting law enforcement and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
Miller was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has since been released. Two people inside the vehicle that was pulled over were checked by paramedics on the scene.