Indianapolis, IN- Tuesday April 3, 2018, at 7:16 p.m., a trooper assigned to the Indianapolis District attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 1999 Oldsmobile sedan traveling on East 16th Street at North Post Road for a traffic violation.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Mark Padgett, 37, of Indianapolis refused to stop for the trooper’s emergency lights and siren and fled.
Further investigation of this case has revealed that Padgett was involved in a heroin, possibly laced with the deadly drug Fentanyl, drug transaction in the area of 25th Street and Post Road. The transaction had been under surveillance by ISP personnel and a trooper in the immediate area attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Padgett in the area of 16th and Post Road for a traffic violation. Padgett fled from police for 4 minutes, while throwing articles out of the vehicle, Padgett traveled to Brookville Road and Arlington Avenue where the Oldsmobile struck a 2013 BMW.
The Oldsmobile continued and struck a 2005 GMC pickup. After striking the pickup, the Oldsmobile caught fire and was extinguished by emergency personnel on the scene. Of the four people in the pickup truck, two suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Methodist Hospital for treatment.
The driver and the passenger in the BMW were transported to Eskenazi Hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.
Padgett has preliminary been booked into the Marion County Arrestee Processing Center in Eskenzi on the following charges. Final charges will be determined by the Marion County Prosecutors Office. During the investigation of the crash, Padgett was found to have an outstanding theft warrant.
1. Resisting Law Enforcement resulting in death, Level 3
2. Reckless Homicide, Level 5
3. Failure to return to Lawful Detention, Level 6
Padgett was transported to Eskenazi Hospital with broken bones in his right leg. The front seat passenger in the Oldsmobile was extracted and transported to Methodist Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
The front seat passenger in the Oldsmobile that was transported to Methodist Hospital and was later pronounced deceased has been identified as Michael Ramsey, 32, of Indianapolis.
The preliminary results of the autopsy Ramsey by the Marion County Corners Office indicates the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma. The full and complete autopsy report will not be available for several weeks.