Suspected drug trafficker drives wrong way on I-70 during police chase, causes pileup

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed on the east side due to a crash that started as a police chase Tuesday afternoon.

The chase started around 3:30 p.m. when a detective attempted to stop an SUV with a California license plate heading westbound down the interstate.

The suspect began fleeing and exited north onto Post Road, made a U-turn in a gas station parking lot and headed back south towards I-70.

The pursuit continued to the westbound I-70 ramp, but the driver turned left at the bottom of the entrance ramp and began driving eastbound on the westbound shoulder of the interstate.

After another U-turn, the driver began fleeing westbound on I-70 again and then crashed into the back of a vehicle, which caused a chain reaction crash involving five vehicles near Keystone Avenue and Rural Street.

The suspect exited his vehicle and began running across multiple lanes of traffic. After a brief foot pursuit, he was apprehended at a business in the 2400 block of Enterprise Parkway.

During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, detectives found a small amount of suspected narcotics and bundles of cash. Police say the suspect also had a large amount of cash in his pockets.

The suspect told officers that he fled because he was out of prison on parole in California and feared returning to prison for another arrest. He was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement and possession of a narcotic drug.

One of the drivers involved in the crash had to be extricated from his vehicle. He sustained an upper arm injury and was transported to Eskenazi Hospital. Another driver and the fleeing suspect were treated for minor injuries on scene. The two other drivers were uninjured.