Police: Driver In Chase, Fire Just Released From Jail

Police: Man Stole SUV From Greenfield Auto Dealership

A police chase that spanned two counties came to end along Interstate 70 on Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle involved caught fire, police said.

The high-speed pursuit began just after 4 p.m. in Greenfield when a black Ford Bronco was stolen from Stanfield Auto Sales at 849 W. Main Street in Greenfield, said the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.


The man then led police westbound on I-70, crossing into Marion County just after 4:30 p.m., where the vehicle started to overheat, police said.

The driver stopped just east of Post Road. The SUV was smoking when police pulled the man from the vehicle, which then quickly caught fire.

Skycam 6 showed fire crews extinguishing the flames just before 5 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Police said the man -- Michael Wilson -- had just been released 10 minutes earlier from the Hancock County Jail. When asked why he stole the car, police said Wilson replied that he needed a ride to Indianapolis.

Michael Wilson

The owner of the car lot, Todd Stanfield, told 6News' Rafael Sanchez that the 1995 SUV was his personal vehicle at one time. He said the key was in the ignition of the SUV when employees were moving vehicles around the lot.

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