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May 9, 2014

Stolen vehicle crashes

MT. VERNON — An SUV stolen from a Mt. Vernon dealership Thursday morning was involved in a high-speed chase in Indiana that ended in a crash in downtown Indianapolis.

Indiana State Police arrested a suspect in a downtown parking garage. The suspect has not been identified at this time.

Detective Capt. Jeff Bullard of the Mt. Vernon Police Department said the Ford Escape was stolen from Ford Square.

It was reported by the dealership shortly after 6 a.m. Indiana State Police contacted the Mt. Vernon Police Department to identify the vehicle as stolen during the pursuit, Bullard said.

The chase, covering some 40 miles, started in Putnam County after authorities tried to stop the SUV for speeding. It ended around 9 a.m. on Maryland and Meridian streets near the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Indianapolis, according to WTHR TV, Indianapolis, which released helicopter video of the chase.

The chase ended after the driver of the SUV collided with a passenger car at the intersection, which in turn struck a woman on a bicycle.

The driver of the passenger car and the woman on the bicycle were injured and taken to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment, according to the television station. The injuries were reportedly minor.

The station also reported the suspect fled into a parking garage just north of the restaurant, and within a few minutes, he was taken into custody. Police threw a sweatshirt over the man’s face because he was allegedly spitting at them, the report stated.

According to Indianapolis police, the suspect is facing multiple charges for fleeing, reckless driving, criminal endangerment with a motor vehicle and felony battery by bodily waste for spitting on an officer.

Bullard said this is the third burglary involving a local dealership in the last two weeks.

Four vehicles reported stolen from King City Chrysler during the morning hours of May 2 were later recovered by police. Two of the vehicles were found near the old Good Samaritan Hospital. An employee also reported a window was broken out at the business. No arrests were made in that incident. Detectives continue to investigate the case.

On Monday, the business reported a vehicle stolen.

“We think as a result of the apprehension of this suspect we possibly may be able to link the crimes together,” Bullard said.

“We’re working with Indiana law enforcement officials in gathering evidence,” he added.

Bullard confirmed a safe at Ford Square was also broken into Thursday morning.

Bullard said all three incidents remain under investigation.

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