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Man arrested after leading Indianapolis police on chase of stolen U-Haul

The pursuit ended when an IMPD officer crashed into another vehicle that was not involved in the incident.
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An IMPD officer collided with a civilian vehicle while chasing a stolen U-Haul truck Wednesday night on the south side.

INDIANAPOLIS — An IMPD officer and another person were injured during the pursuit of a box truck Wednesday evening.

Police say officers had been looking for a stolen 10-foot U-Haul box truck Wednesday and spotted it near Troy and Madison avenues. When they tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver of the truck fled the scene, leading officers on a pursuit.

During the chase, an IMPD officer's car collided with a civilian vehicle at Troy Avenue and Bluff Road. 

The driver of the other car was taken to the hospital, reportedly in critical condition. Police later said the woman's condition had stabilized.

The officer is reported to be in good condition. 

Officers stopped the stolen box truck shortly after the crash. On Thursday, police arrested 27-year-old Matthew Winkler who they said was driving the stolen truck. He was arrested for the following charges:

  • Unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon
  • Resisting law enforcement
  • Auto theft
  • Leaving the scene of an accident