IMPD chief helps pull driver from flipped car on I-70

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach helped the driver of this inverted car Monday. (Photo: IMPD/Twitter)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The chief of Indianapolis' police force set one heck of an example for his officers Monday.

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach was leaving IMPD Headquarters when he came across the two-vehicle crash on I-70 eastbound near the north split around 6:30 p.m. Monday. A nurse and a bystander assisted the chief in getting the driver out of the vehicle.

"Our community cares," said Chief Roach. "A concerned witness, nurse and I all converged on the immediate needs of an accident victim without a second thought."

The driver of the flipped car, identified as Juan Flores, was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries that are not believed to be serious. Upon further investigation, state police learned Flores was wanted on an unrelated driving offense and was arrested.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Roach was picked by Mayor Joe Hogsett to lead IMPD in January. Hogsett released the following statement Monday evening:

"Each day the IMPD Police Chief works to keep the over 900,000 residents of Indianapolis safe. This evening, Chief Roach demonstrated incredible bravery for the safety of one.

I am extremely proud of Chief Roach's courage when confronted with this harrowing situation and am reminded once again that Indianapolis is lucky to have Chief Roach, and so many officers like him, who are always willing to get out of the car for the safety of our community."