15 IMPD officers suffer smoke inhalation while pulling suspect from burning vehicle

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- More than a dozen IMPD officers suffered smoke inhalation Friday after rescuing a fleeing suspect from a fiery crash on the east side.

Police were pursuing a suspect at west 34th Street and Post Road. The suspect reached 100 mph and officers terminated the pursuit. The suspect continued and later hit another car in the 3400 block of North Post Road.

The suspect was trapped in the car, which ended up catching on fire. Officers pulled the suspect out and found a gun.

A news release from police says 15 IMPD officers and one sergeant were hospitalized as a result of the smoke inhalation.  Three of the officers sustained serious injuries from the smoke. One officer will be off for five days due to injuries from the smoke inhalation. Two Indiana state troopers and two Cumberland police officers were also treated for smoke inhalation

The suspect was transported in critical condition to Eskenazi hospital after being rescued from the burning car.

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