Suspect who led police on high-speed chase had 2 children in car

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Scene from the end of the chase

4 Fast Facts

  • Man led police on high-speed chase after traffic stop.
  • Two toddlers were inside the car.
  • Chase ended in crash after about five minutes.
  • No serious injuries reported.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A man tried to evade police Monday night before crashing his car with two young children inside.

Police attempted to pull the vehicle over after a traffic violation around 9 p.m.; police said the vehicle failed to stop at Prospect and Harlan streets. During the ensuing traffic stop, an officer took some information from the driver and realized he didn’t have a valid driver’s license. When the officer asked the driver–later identified as 37-year-old Travis Powell–to step out of the car, Powell took off, nearly striking the officer.

Police gave chase; the pursuit ended after about five minutes. Police attempted a PIT maneuver to stop the car, but the attempt was unsuccessful. The car lost two of its tires, hit a curb and momentarily flipped on its side before landing upright on South Sherman Ave. Powell left the vehicle and tried to run away; police quickly captured him.

Following the crash, officers noticed that there were two toddlers inside the car in addition to a female passenger. The children were not injured but were transferred to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health as a precaution.

Police said Powell’s vehicle struck two police cars during the pursuit; officers said Powell’s actions in hitting the cars were intentional. Powell told police he tried to get away because he thought there was a warrant out for his arrest and didn’t want to go back to jail.

Powell faces preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless driving, operating having never received a license and resisting arrest. He was taken to the Arrestee Processing Center.

IMPD said no officers or civilians suffered significant injuries during the incident.

 

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