IMPD officer injured in single car crash on I-65

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A Metro Police officer was injured in a single-car crash on Interstate 65 near the Keystone exit early Friday morning.

Emergency crews had to cut Sgt. Anthony McLemore out of the vehicle, which came to rest with the driver's side against the concrete barrier on the left shoulder of the highway at 3:00 a.m.

McLemore was transported to IU Health-Methodist Hospital in "serious but stable condition," according to IMPD spokesman Chris Wilburn.  The nature of his injuries was not available at the scene. His condition has since been upgraded to stable.

Wilburn said that the highly-decorated sergeant was a supervisor on the force, and said the first officers on the scene reported he was unconscious.  

The extrication involved removing the two passenger side doors.  The officer was stabilized at the scene before McLemore was transported in the ambulance, which arrived at Methodist approximately one hour following the crash.

A fellow officer told Eyewitness News at the hospital that McLemore, a 14-year veteran of the force, was finishing his shift at the time of the crash, and was in and out of consciousness at the scene.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.  McLemore's IMPD squad car sustained heavy front end damage.

Under new IMPD policy, all officers involved in crashes are required to undergo chemical testing. As part of the investigation, his police cruiser will be tested to see if there were any malfunctions related to the vehicle.