Man, Girl Seriously Injured In Police Chase

A police chase on Indianapolis' north side early Tuesday morning ended with a car hitting a light pole and tree, seriously injuring a man and 16-year-old girl inside.

Investigators said the driver sped away as the officer tried to make a traffic stop, 6News' Julie Pursley reported.

The man and girl, whose identities were not immediately released, were taken to a hospital, where the man was listed in critical condition and the girl was listed in serious condition.

Central Avenue was closed in both directions between 15th and 16th streets following the crash. The chase began at about 2:30 a.m. when Indianapolis police Officer Zack Taylor saw a car that he said blew through a red light at 34th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Officials said the car almost hit Taylor's cruiser before he tried to pull the driver over. Police said the man led police on the chase for several minutes before the crash.

A street sign went through the window of the car during the crash, narrowly missing both the driver and passenger.

"The family's been contacted of the girl," said IPD Sgt. Fred Ilnicki. "So, hopefully we'll get some more information into what led up to it. Why is a 16-year-old out (at 2:30 in the morning?)."

Officer Bruce Ali suffered minor injuries as he attempted to get the girl out of the car following the crash.

Officials planned to run tests to determine if alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.

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