GREENFIELD, Ind. – Indiana State Police said the driver of a stolen car was hospitalized following a high-speed chase and crash in Hancock County.
According to Sgt. John Perrine with Indiana State Police, the incident started in Anderson. The Anderson Police Department said officers spotted a car that had been reported stolen from Muncie in a lot on East 59th Street.
Police tried to restrain the driver, who physically resisted officers and managed to put the car into drive. An officer was in the car when the driver took off and fell from the vehicle. Perrine said the officer was hurt, adding that the injuries were believed to be minor.
Anderson police tracked the car via GPS and relayed the whereabouts to state police.
Around 7:20 a.m., officers spotted the vehicle in Greenfield, leading to a short pursuit. Indiana State Police, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenfield Police Department responded.
Perrine said the pursuit ended when the driver failed to stop at a four-way stop and lost control of the vehicle, which then crashed into a utility pole and several trees.
The series of collisions startled nearby neighbors.
“First thing I heard was a big bang, then all of a sudden I heard a big crash,” said Jim Stewart.
State Police insist the pursuit did not last long and officers did their best not to endanger other drivers.
“The safety of the public is the number one priority. It was a short pursuit and the vehicle crashed into some trees. Nobody else was injured and no one else was involved in the crash,” said Perrine.
“I guess he didn’t hurt anyone but himself, the thief or whatever he is, but that’ll happen driving like that and stealing cars and stuff,” said Stewart.
The driver, who was seriously hurt, was taken by ambulance to an Indianapolis hospital. The Greenfield Fire Department had to extricate him from the vehicle.
No one else was injured; Perrine said the driver was the only person in the car.
Reporter Jesse Wells contributed to this article.