Police pursuit ends with crash on city’s east side

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Aftermath of crash on Nov. 4, 2016

UPDATE (Oct. 20, 2017) — Martez Smith pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement and synthetic identity deception. A separate resisting law enforcement count and a charge of possession of cocaine were dismissed. He was sentenced to 3 years in community corrections on the resisting charge and 1 year for the other count. Both sentences will be served concurrently, with 1 year suspended for each, meaning he’ll serve a total of 2 years.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –Just after 3 a.m. Friday ,an officer with IMPD was on routine patrol when they noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area of 16th and Sherman Dr. After observing the vehicle commit a traffic violation, the officer pulled it over.

The officer obtained identifications from all three people in the car, but was unable to get any information back on the driver and in fact believed that the driver had given a fake ID. The officer went back to the vehicle to get additional information from the driver, when the vehicle sped off.

Officers pursued the vehicle for approximately 6 minutes. The pursuit ended after a vehicle that was going north on Sherman Dr struck the suspect’s vehicle when it was coming off of E 36th St. The suspect’s vehicle ended up on its side and officers were able to quickly take all three occupants into custody. The other vehicle driver was not injured.

28-year-old Martez Smith was identified as the driver of the pursued vehicle and was transported to Eskenazi Hospital . It was then discovered that he was wanted on multiple warrants for:

  • Dealing Cocaine
  • Resisting Law Enforcement
  • Felony Battery
  • Misdemeanor Battery
  • Domestic Battery
  • Criminal Confinement
  • Strangulation

Officers also located cocaine and other narcotics paraphernalia in Smith’s vehicle that will lead to additional charges for Smith. Smith was arrested on the warrants and will also face preliminary charges of Dealing Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Resisting Law Enforcement, with other charges likely to come. the case will be reviewed by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for a final charging decision.
The other occupants of the suspect vehicle were released at the scene.

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