5/4/20 Montgomery County, IN – A Noblesville Marked Patrol Car Stolen After Crash – Assault – Suspect Steals Civilian Car – Chase – Crash – Suspect Dies In Crash
May 4, 2020
Officials have confirmed one man is dead after a police pursuit through multiple counties ended in a crash Tuesday afternoon.
Police in Noblesville confirmed a battery investigation was underway around 12:34 p.m. in a parking lot in the 14000 Blanket Flower Lane.
According to police, the incident appeared to have involved a male and a female arguing, and an off-duty Noblesville police officer who was with her father was flagged down to assist.
Police said the officer was confronted by the alleged male suspect, who reportedly fled the scene in the officer’s marked patrol car after a struggle. During the struggle, the suspect allegedly battered both the officer and her father and sprayed them with chemical spray that he had in his possession.
After fleeing in the police car, and the suspect took another citizen’s vehicle a short time later in Fishers.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, around 1:05 p.m. deputies responded to a police pursuit entering Montgomery County on I-74, approaching from Boone County.
Officials said the suspect was being pursued by the Noblesville Police Department, along with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the Jamestown Police Department.
Police were setting up position at the SR 32 Exit (Exit 39) and were setting up when the suspect, driving a stolen 2006 Toyota Avalon, began to exit the I-74, according to police.
The suspect side-swiped a 2005 Buick passenger car driven by a 76-year-old man from Russellville, and then hit the back of a semi driven by a 41-year-old man from Marion, Michigan.
Officials said Russellville man was taken to Franciscan Hospital in Crawfordsville with non-life-threatening injuries, and the semi driver was not injured.
The Toyota sustained heavy front end damage in the crash, and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by officials.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating the crash scene, and the Noblesville Police Department is handling the criminal investigation.
The deceased suspect has been identified as 45-year-old Edward L. Albright Jr., of Noblesville.
“Our city is incredibly proud of the quick response by our officers during this afternoon’s incident. The first officer on scene was off duty and we are thankful that even while out of uniform, our officers are committed to serving our community and keeping us safe. We are relieved the officer involved sustained only minor injuries and will be back on duty protecting and serving our city as she so aptly did today,” said Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen.