Teens crash into garage, other cars after police pursuit on near west side


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police are investigating an incident where a vehicle crashed into several cars and a garage on the near west side of Indianapolis.

The investigation is taking place on Vermont Street, just east of Warman Street. Police say they tried to pull a silver Chrysler Pacifica over, but when they did the driver drove off.

The chase continued until the vehicle crashed into that garage and two other cars. The garage partially collapsed. Authorities say there were three juveniles, ages 14, 15, and 16 were in the SUV, which they add was stolen. They were taken into custody and transported to the hospital to be checked out for injuries said to be non-life threatening. No other injuries were reported.

A large amount of cash was found inside the car, along with a gun. Police say the car was stolen during a carjacking reported on Dec. 19.

"I was just freaking out completely," said Donna Carter, who lives at the house where the garage was destroyed,  “it’s a mess, it shocked me because now I can't even let my dogs out.”

The incident is again calling into question IMPD's pursuit policy, which allows officers to give chase for almost any infraction. Last November, as part of an investigation by our reporting partners at CBS4 News, an expert said most other departments have much stricter policies about when and when not to pursue.

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach has admitted the department's pursuit policy needs to be looked at.

So far, there has been no word as to what kind of charges the three juveniles might face.

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