IMPD: Man who led police in pursuit across city was wearing monitoring device

IMPD officers surround a vehicle that led them on a chase in the early morning hours of Friday, July 19, 2019. (WTHR/Frank Young)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The driver of a van led police on a high-speed chase early Friday morning, and police are trying to figure out if the man may be involved in other crimes.

Just after midnight, an officer on DUI patrol tried to stop a van on the south side. Instead of stopping, one person emerged from the passenger side and the driver fled from officers.

The pursuit lasted several minutes and took officers to the west side, then back to the east.

State police put out stop sticks, which flattened at least one tire and forced the van's driver to reduce speed. That allowed Metro officers to nudge the vehicle off the road and bring it to a stop around South Keystone Avenue and Pleasant Run Parkway.

They took the driver into custody without further incident.

Police think the driver, who they did not identify, was wearing an electronic monitoring device and may be on parole. Officers also found "evidence and tools" in the van that lead them to believe he may be involved "with other felonies throughout the city."

There were no injuries. One police car sustained minor damage in the incident.

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