Trooper uses 'PIT maneuver' to end high-speed pursuit

Fleeing driver arrested on multiple charges

INDIANAPOLIS - About 11 a.m. Tuesday, an Indiana state trooper tried to stop a GMC Yukon for a traffic violation on Interstate 465 on the east side near Interstate 70.

But police said the driver of the Yukon exited onto eastbound 70 and drove up to 90 mph to the Post Road exit, where he cut through the parking lot of a Waffle House and continued east on 21st Street, disregarding traffic signals and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The Yukon went off the side of Carroll Road near 46th Street to avoid hitting another vehicle, but when the fleeing SUV came back onto Carroll Road, another state trooper was able to execute the "PIT maneuver," bringing the chase to an end.

Indiana State Police described the PIT maneuver this way:

"The PIT maneuver, or precision immobilization technique, is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop. The technique is typically used by law enforcement officers as a safer alternative with which to bring car chases to a conclusion."

 

Police arrested the driver, 18-year-old Joshua Wesley Lee, on multiple preliminary charges, including resisting law enforcement, reckless driving and driving while suspended.

Lee is also facing a charge of possession of stolen property, because the Yukon matches a description of a carjacking reported to IMPD earlier in the day, police said.

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