Police chase ends in fatal accident on east side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 28, 2014)– A police chase ended with a fatal crash on the east side Friday morning.

Officers responded to the 3600 block of Arthington Boulevard around 8:30 a.m. on a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim, Yolanda Beasley, told police she was warming up her vehicle in her driveway. When she returned outside the vehicle was gone.

“I heard the screeching outside my bedroom window. I looked out of the window and my car was going out the driveway,” said Beasley.

About 30 minutes later, officers received a call stating GPS tracking of the stolen vehicle had located it near the 3500 block of Orchard Avenue. An officer spotted the vehicle and attempted to pull the suspect over. The driver pulled into a business lot in the 3700 block of North Keystone Avenue and stopped the vehicle.

“The saddest part is that this young man lost his life over a car,” said Beasley.

The driver raised their hands while seated inside the vehicle as the officer attempted to conduct a high-risk felony stop and waited for additional officers to arrive.

“It could have been done then, but unfortunately they decided to put their lives in danger and also the public’s life in danger and our lives in danger,” said IMPD officer Rafael Diaz.

As the officer exited his vehicle, the driver fled eastbound on East 38th Street. As he reached the intersection of East 38th Street and North Sherman Drive, the driver swerved to avoid striking another vehicle, causing him to lose control and crash against a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS personnel. No other passengers were inside the vehicle.

“The saddest part is that this young man lost his life over a car,” said Beasley.

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