INDIANAPOLIS — According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, two teens were arrested early Monday morning after crashing into a police cruiser in a stolen vehicle.
A police report revealed that a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old male were taken into custody after the collision and police pursuit. According to IMPD, the pursuit began after the teens collided with an IMPD cruiser near N. Tibbs Avenue and Lafayette Road. The chase came to a stop near 16th and Main streets where the teens crashed near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s main entrance.
IMPD said the teens fled on foot but were eventually caught thanks to the use of drones. The two teenage males face seven charges.
“The question we ask ourselves is what is a 14- and 15-year-old doing out in the community at one o’clock in the morning?” asked Lt. Shane Foley of IMPD. “We need parents and we need adults to be more responsible and more accountable… in keeping their kids accountable.”
Both teens were arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, theft, criminal recklessness, firearm possession, vehicle accident – property damage and motor vehicle, and unauthorized entry used in crime.
According to the police report, a 14-year-old female was reportedly in the vehicle as well.
“Yes, a juvenile female was also in the car and fled from the vehicle and she was taken to the hospital to be checked out,” Foley explained. “No charges are pending at this point but that certainly is an option and that will be a decision made by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office… There could be charges but it’s too early to tell if that’s going to happen.”
Foley said that while the car used by the juveniles wasn’t reported stolen at the time of the crash, investigators went to the vehicle owner’s address on the near east side where they learned the car was stolen sometime overnight.
Also found in the car was a gun along with some marijuana and a ski mask, IMPD said.
“Neither one of (the juveniles) were able to drive a car and yet here they were driving a stolen vehicle recklessly and crashing (into) a police car, possessing firearms, possessing marijuana… all things they shouldn’t be doing,” Foley said. “So, we are thankful that they were arrested and hopefully it’ll be a lesson learned for them and for their parents.”
Foley used the incident to once more stress the importance of parents paying attention to their teenage children and staying involved in their day-to-day lives.
“(Parents) need to know where their children are,” Foley said. “They need to be paying attention to their their kids’ social media of who they are engaging with and what types of conversations they are having.”