INDIANAPOLIS – A suspect who was trying to evade police ended up crashing into another vehicle in the Fountain Square area Wednesday afternoon.
Around 12 p.m. Wednesday, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said officers attempted to make a traffic stop involving a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Officers then learned the driver, 32-year-old Jasmine Flemming, was a suspect in the aggravated assault case of her father.
The aggravated assault happened shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday in the 3300 block of Watergate Road. Police responded to a report of a person stabbed and found a man with injuries consistent with a stabbing wound. He was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
When police tried to pull over the driver, they say she took off, crashing into another vehicle at Morris and Shelby streets. Both drivers were taken to the hospital; the driver of the vehicle that was struck complained of pain, police said.
Flemming was in stable condition. Police said alcohol may have been a factor in the incident. She now faces preliminary charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting law enforcement, aggravated battery, and criminal confinement.
The chase took place in a highly traveled area. A policy recently enacted put stricter parameters on police pursuits.
“The officer must outweigh whether it is important to continue the pursuit or wait another day to catch the suspect,” said Executive Director at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Timothy Horty.
In this case, police say Flemming committed a serious crime just hours prior.
“We have not just a stolen vehicle, but a stolen vehicle where the driver was shown to be a person who had committed a crime just hours before, involving a serious bodily injury. They aggravatedly assaulted another person, stabbing a person,” said IMPD Public Information Officer, Genae Cook.
Horty says the new policies not only hold police accountable but helps the public trust officers.
“It gives the public an expectation of what an officer’s behavior might be when it comes to a pursuit,” said Horty.
Cook says today’s pursuit will be reviewed.
“The supervisor and on up the chain will continue to review and see if any type of procedures were violated during the pursuit.”
IMPD is still asking for any eyewitnesses to come forward with any information they might have.
Cook says the new policies are just a minimum and IMPD has a stricter policy than the state standard.