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Indiana
Population: 6,159,068

In 2003, NHTSA reports 11 known* fatalities by pursuit crashes in Indiana; four were innocent victims. Deaths of passengers -- including children -- in the chased vehicles are not counted as innocent victims. Their deaths are counted as "occupants of chased vehicles."

Indiana State Police

Google: Indiana Police Pursuit

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Indiana Police Chase

National Association of Police Organizations

National Sheriffs' Association


Drive & Stay Alive: Police Pursuits


"Police are realizing that chasing suspects at high speeds through populated areas
just isn't worth the risk," Geoff Alpert, an expert on police pursuits, says.


*Police pursuit deaths are under-reported for many reasons, click here.


Reported Deaths
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Reports on fatalities due to violent pursuit crashes, click here.

2003 NHTSA report by state, click here.
2002 NHTSA report by state, click here.
1992 through 2001 NHTSA reports by state, click here.

Indiana Laws Governing
Police Vehicular Pursuit

Can police be liable in chases?
The Indianapolis Star reports that the Indiana Supreme Court to decide whether injured bystanders can sue officers, Feb. 19, 2006 (The Indianpolis Star update: Indiana's Supreme Court!

Officer Accountability
June 2006: The Indiana Supreme Court has rejected government claims that bystanders hurt in high-speed police chases should not be allowed to sue for damages. The court, in a unanimous decision, said police officers have no immunity from lawsuits over injuries caused by their negligent actions.

Officer Training
Research in progress

Indiana Penalties
for Fleeing

These penalties are for fleeing only.
Research in progress

Indiana's Penalties for Fleeing Juveniles
These penalties are for fleeing only.
Research in progress

Pending Indiana Legislation
on Police Pursuits

A small step on high-speed chase dangers, Journal and Courier, Opinion, Dec. 30, 2005
When in doubt on sticky public safety issues, state legislators prefer to be seen as "doing something" — even when something doesn't add up to much. ... On the surface, the bill introduced by Sen. Teresa Lubbers, R-Indianapolis, sounds great. High-speed chases are public nuisances — and deadly ones at that. Just this week, the news has been riddled with reports of chases, some of which topped 100 mph, in and around Tippecanoe County.

Media reports on Indiana pursuits
Editorial: Tragic police chase
The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, March 29, 2006
Given the Fort Wayne Police Department's history of automobile chases, it was only a matter of time before an innocent motorist or passenger was hurt. Sadly, a 4-year-old boy paid the price Monday.

The chilling reality of hot pursuits
The Indianapolis Star, May 24, 2005
Our position: The city and state must restrict police chases in the interest of public safety.

Are police chases worth dying for?
The Indianapolis Star
SPECIAL REPORT: DEADLY PURSUITS

May 22 and 23, 2005

 
Other media reports
USA Today: Police pressured to call off chase
January 5, 2003

Innocent Victims of Indiana Pursuits
Kirk John Mitchell, 42, Valparaiso
Merrillville police officers attempted to make a traffic stop of an alleged drunken driver. The Post -Tribune - August 1, 2006


Injured:
Naylon Thompson Jr., 4, critical condition, and 19-month-old brother, Nicholas, suffered minor injuries.

J. Elizabeth Foster, 19, Indianapolis police officer chased a suspected car thief, Nov. 7, 1999. What's shocking is that the fleeing driver was convicted of three counts of resisting law enforcement and sentenced to three years in prison. State records show he was released in May 2004. Read: The Indianapolis Star.

For more information, "Google" names with the words "police chase."

Indiana Case Laws
on Police Pursuits

Read what happened in Indiana's Supreme Court! The Indiana Supreme Court has rejected government claims that bystanders hurt in high-speed police chases should not be allowed to sue for damages. The court, in a unanimous decision, said police officers have no immunity from lawsuits over injuries caused by their negligent actions.


 

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