State trooper vehicle struck on I-70, suspect flees scene

Car struck by vehicle while trooper assessed crash

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana State Police said a state trooper vehicle was struck in a hit-and-run accident as the trooper was working on a crash Saturday afternoon.

The trooper was responding to a crash on Interstate 70 while a female involved in the crash was sitting in the front passenger seat.

Both vehicles were completely off the roadway, police said.

According to a witness, a red Ford Expedition SUV struck the left rear of the patrol car and continued without stopping, a news release said.

The witness saw the suspect pull into the Lawrence Crossing apartment complex and remove the license plate off the vehicle.

Lawrence police officers were dispatched to the area and were able to detain Michael A. Masters, 33, of Indianapolis.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of leaving the scene of a crash causing injury, a Class D felony, driving while suspended causing injury, a Class D felony, and driving while suspended, a Class A misdemeanor, a news release said.

Masters was transported to the Marion County Arrestee Processing Center without incident, police said.

The state trooper was transported to Methodist Hospital to be treated for back pain. The female passenger refused transportation to a hospital.

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