Wrong-way driver responsible for multiple crashes on I-69 in Madison County


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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. – A vehicle caused multiple crashes in Madison County early Wednesday, police say.

At one point, the vehicle went the wrong way on I-69 northbound near mile marker 214. Four police vehicles and a semi were damaged.

According to Indiana State Police, the incident started around 2:30 a.m. when a car was reportedly going southbound in the northbound lanes of the interstate. An Ingalls Police Department car got behind the vehicle, which was then going north at about 25 mph. When the officer tried to stop the car, the driver took off at a “high rate of speed,” police said. The vehicle changed directions in the northbound lane three times.

Three police cars were damaged before the vehicle struck a semi and a fourth police vehicle, ISP said. The vehicle then hit a guardrail.

The driver, identified only as a 43-year-old man from Normal, Illinois, refused to get out of the vehicle and “became combative,” police said. Officers used a Taser and summoned emergency medical services. During the check, he suffered “some sort of medical event” and was taken to a Noblesville hospital in critical condition.

A female passenger was released at the scene. ISP said the incident remains under investigation.

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