Robbery suspect slips handcuffs, steals and crashes police car on east side

Metro Police say three department vehicles were damaged in Saturday's chase. (Image provided by IMPD)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Metro Police have arrested a man they say slipped out of handcuffs and tried to get away in a police car. He's back in custody, but not before he led police on a chase that damaged three IMPD cars and two other vehicles.

Just before 2:00 p.m. Saturday, IMPD officers were looking for 28-year-old Dexter Moss in the 700 block of North Denny on the east side. Moss was wanted for robbery and other charges.

When police found Moss, they arrested him and put him in handcuffs locked behind his back, and then placed him into the back of a marked police car.

But Moss was somehow able to to slip out of the cuffs and climb into the driver's seat of the police car, and he locked the doors and took off.

Officers pursued Moss through streets and alleys before he wrecked head-on into another car at East 16th Street and Euclid Avenue. Officers say they were behind Moss in another police car, and he put the stolen police vehicle in reverse, ramming the police vehicle behind him.

Officers were able to take Moss back into custody at that point.

Dexter Moss (Image provided by IMPD)

No injuries have been reported.

During the pursuit, a third police vehicle was also damaged when hit an unoccupied parked truck, for a total of three damaged IMPD vehicles and two privately-owned vehicles damaged.

Moss was arrested on the active warrant for robbery, criminal recklessness with a firearm, carrying a handgun without a license. He now faces preliminary charges for escape, auto theft, fleeing law enforcement, and other charges associated with the damage to the other cars.

This is an active and ongoing investigation.