INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 5, 2016) — A man who believed he spotted his uncle’s stolen car chased after it, leading to a crash and reports of shots fired that stopped interstate traffic on the west side of Indianapolis.
INDOT cameras showed traffic stopped on 465 near 46th Street on Friday afternoon.
According to Indiana State Police, the man, identified as Pablo Rodriguez, 28, said his uncle’s car was stolen Wednesday. He spotted it Friday afternoon on 38th Street and began pursuing it. Witnesses reported seeing the man waving a gun while driving and chasing after it. Witnesses told police shots were fired, although police said they couldn’t confirm that.
The pursuit continued on the interstate to 465 northbound, and Rodriguez intentionally crashed into the other car near West 46th Street. He then held the driver of the stolen car, identified as Andre Edwards, 21, Indianapolis, at gunpoint until police could arrive. Edwards has an outstanding warrant in Marion County for armed robbery and a second outstanding warrant out of Georgia for aggravated assault.
During the course of the investigation investigators located a glass jar containing individually wrapped plant material believed to be marijuana across the concrete barrier from the crash scene. Edwards allegedly removed the glass jar from the vehicle he was operating and threw it over the concrete barrier wall when he exited the vehicle.
Two charges of criminal recklessness were filed against Rodriguez: criminal recklessness with a firearm and criminal recklessness with a motor vehicle, both level 6 felonies.
This is an ongoing investigation and troopers are working with IMPD investigators to determine the actions that lead up the chase and crash.