Three arrested following chase that ended in crash on I-70

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ABOVE: Ashely Sorrell (left), Ashley Smiley (center), Stephanie Vinson (right)

INDIANAPOLIS (November 19, 2013) – Police arrested three people following a chase that ended in a crash along I-70 Tuesday.

The right lane of eastbound I-70 was closed near Holt Road after the crash. According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, someone called police to report that a vehicle was following a FedEx truck and stealing packages after they were delivered.

An officer found a car matching that description near 86th and Lafayette Road and initiated a traffic stop. The driver complied with orders to turn off the vehicle and put her hands on the steering wheel. When the officer went to get plate info, she started the vehicle and drove off southbound on Lafayette Road, the report said.

Officers pursued the car as it went onto 465 south and made it to the Sam Jones Expressway/I-70 East. According to the report, the car “crossed all lanes of traffic on 465S almost causing several collisions.” A police car made a pit maneuver that slammed the car into a concrete barrier, but the vehicle kept going despite significant rear-end damage.

The car finally went off the road at I-70 east near mile marker 75.7 and plunged down an embankment. The driver and front seat passenger got out and ran; an IMPD K-9 unit caught up with the woman after about 20 yards. The front seat passenger ran about 15 yards before being tased and apprehended by police.

Further investigation showed that the car had been stolen earlier in November. The suspects also had a toolbox with $1,000 in tools that was reported stolen in Hendricks County.

The driver, 26-year-old Ashley Sorrell, was arrested on charges of auto theft and resisting law enforcement. The front seat passenger, 44-year-old Ashley Smiley, was arrested on a charge of resisting law enforcement. The backseat passenger, 27-year-old Stephanie Vinson, was arrested on charges of theft and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle.

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