Indianapolis, IN – One person was killed, and five others were injured on Tuesday night, after a high-speed pursuit ended in a fiery crash (video below).
The incident started when investigators were conducting surveillance on Mark Padgett, 37, on Tuesday afternoon, WTHR reported.
According to the Indiana State Police (ISP), Padgett was “involved in a heroin, possibly laced with the deadly drug Fentanyl, drug transaction” just before troopers attempted to pull him over at approximately 7:15 p.m., WTHR reported.
Padgett, who was driving a light-colored Oldsmobile, refused to stop, and led police on a five-minute pursuit, police said.
He allegedly threw items out of the vehicle as he fled, according to police.
The chase ended when Padgett blew through an intersection, and slammed into a black BMW.
Surveillance video showed the vehicle as it flashed into the frame, and crashed into the driver’s side front quarter panel of the SUV.
The SUV spun in the air, and the impact sparked an immediate fire beneath the Oldsmobile, which then slammed into a nearby GMC pickup.
The Oldsmobile promptly burst into flames.
Padgett’s passenger, 32-year-old Michael Ramsey, was extricated from the vehicle, and was transported to a local hospital, WXIN reported.
He was later pronounced dead. Autopsy results indicated that he died from multiple blunt force traumas.
Two of the four individuals inside the GMC pickup were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver and one passenger inside the BMW were transported to a local hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.
Padgett sustained a broken leg.
Ramsey’s family criticized police following the man’s death, and said officers should not have pursued Padgett due to heavy rain and slick roads, WTTV reported.
“I do believe the police should have backed off,” Ramsey’s girlfriend, Annie Dodson, told WTTV. “The car was legit. It wasn’t like a stolen car or anything. I believe they should have stopped the pursuit.”
He was a father of four, according to his family.
“I’m angry and I’m hurt,” Dodson said. “I’m hurt for my children. The kids don’t have their dad no more.”
Padgett, who had an outstanding warrant for theft at the time of the fatal collision, has been charged with failure to return to lawful detention, reckless homicide, and resisting law enforcement resulting in death.
Watch the pursuit’s fiery conclusion in the video below: