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IMPD: DUI suspect hits police cars, leads officers on vehicle and foot chase on east side

The suspect was taken into custody near the ramp from I-70 westbound to I-465 northbound around 4 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — A DUI suspect hit two police cars and led officers on a lengthy vehicle and foot chase on Indianapolis' east side Thursday morning.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of a man who drove over a median into oncoming traffic near the intersection of East 10th Street and North Shadeland Avenue.

Officers arrived and found a man, later identified as Benjamin Farr, asleep inside a black Dodge Charger, which was over the median facing oncoming traffic with the transmission still in drive. 

The officers used their cars to block the suspect vehicle and attempted to wake him. Farr did not comply with officers and drove into two police cars before leading officers on the pursuit, IMPD Sgt. Robert Ferguson told 13News.

Police used stop sticks to slow Farr's car, which came to a stop in the front yard of a house in the 7800 block of East 21st Street. 

Farr then got out of the car and ran from officers, who chased him for almost a mile to the area where Interstate 465 and Interstate 70 intersect, running through mud and some water, IMPD said.

After running onto I-465, Farr was taken into custody around 4 a.m. near the ramp from I-70 westbound to I-465 northbound for suspected DUI.

Farr was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw, which is standard procedure in DUI investigations.

Narcotics were located in the Charger's trunk, IMPD said.

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing as of Thursday morning.

No injuries were reported in the incident, and no property was damaged aside from the two IMPD cars, Ferguson told 13News.

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