INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2014) – A teenage carjacking suspect faces multiple charges after police say he led officers on a high-speed chase Tuesday morning.
Around 11 a.m. Tuesday, an Indiana State trooper tried to stop a 1997 GMC Yukon on I-465 southbound near mile marker 43. When the trooper activated his emergency siren, the driver sped up and merged onto I-70 eastbound. State police estimated the vehicle was going 90 mph.
The Yukon exited on Post Road and cut through the parking lot of a Waffle House before continuing east on 21st Street. The driver ignored stop signs and traffic signals while also passing vehicles on the wrong side of the road, police said.
During the pursuit, state troopers learned that the same vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in a carjacking case.
At 46th and Carroll Road, the SUV veered into the grassy shoulder to avoid another vehicle. A state trooper executed a PIT maneuver, disabling the vehicle and ending the chase. The tactic is used in chase situations to force a fleeing driver to lose control and stop.
Police arrested the driver, 18-year-old Joshua Wesley Lee, without further incident. He was taken into custody by Indianapolis Metropolitan police for questioning in the carjacking case. Charges against him include possession of stolen property, resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle, reckless driving and driving while suspended.
Police said he also racked up several traffic violations while leading police on the chase.