Police: Teens led officers on chase in stolen car on north side

INDIANAPOLIS - Three teens are in the hot seat after police said they led officers on a chase through the north side of Indianapolis Monday morning and crashed into another car.

Indianapolis police (IMPD) said earlier Monday morning, officers took down a report of a stolen van. They also received a report of a burglary on the city's north side, off of 73rd Street between Hoover and Spring Mill roads.

Then, just before 10 a.m., an officer who was patrolling the area of 38th Street and the Indiana State Fairgrounds spotted a van that matched the description of the stolen vehicle. The officer began to follow the van, waiting to initiate a traffic stop until other IMPD officers could arrive for backup. 

When enough officers were available, they initiated a stop with the van, but the driver of the van reportedly refused to stop, which kicked off the chase.

During the chase, police said the van experienced a minor crash at the intersection of Kessler Boulevard and Keystone Avenue, but the driver kept on going.

Then, as it continued east on Kessler, police said the van crashed into another car: a PT Cruiser with a woman driving. The woman wasn't injured, but the crash was so powerful, police said it sent the PT Cruiser flying.

The van went out of control at that point, hitting a tree. Police said the three males in the car, ages 17, 17 and 18, refused medical treatment from emergency crews at the scene of the crash.

They were questioned and charges were expected to be filed against them. Police said they believe the three teens are also to blame for the burglary earlier in the morning on 73rd Street.

The area of Kessler and Binford were still closed as police continued their investigation.

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