1 dead, 5 injured after police pursuit ends in crash on city’s east side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A police pursuit ended with a fatal crash near the intersection of Brookville Road and Arlington on the city’s east side Tuesday night.

Police say one person died and five others were injured in the crash. Police identified the deceased as 32-year-old Michael Ramsey of Indianapolis.

According to police, the pursuit began at about 7:15 p.m. when officers attempted to stop an Oldsmobile sedan for unsafe lane movement and exceeding the speed limit near Post Road, between 10th and 16th.

The driver, 37-year-old Mark Padgett, reportedly failed to stop and led officers on a four-minute chase that ended when the vehicle crashed into a BMW. Police say the Oldsmobile continued and struck a GMC pickup truck before catching on fire.

Two of the four people inside the pickup truck suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital for treatment. The driver and the passenger in the BMW were transported to Eskenazi Hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.

Padgett was transported to Eskenazi Hospital with broken bones in his right leg. Ramsey, the front seat passenger in the Oldsmobile, was extracted and transported to Methodist, where he was later pronounced dead. An autopsy showed he died from multiple blunt force trauma.

During the investigation of the crash, police say they learned Padgett was involved in a drug transaction involving heroin, possibly laced with Fentanyl, in the area of 25th and Post. Padgett has been preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement resulting in death, reckless homicide, and failure to return to lawful detention. He was also wanted on an outstanding theft warrant.