VIDEO: Pursuit Ends In Massive Fireball Collision, Police Blamed

An Indiana man fled from police, causing a major collision.

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.

He also has a history of arson, marijuana sales, and domestic battery, WNDU reported.

Watch the pursuit’s fiery conclusion in the video below:

Comments (23)
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Mpafr012
Mpafr012

Uuuhhhmmm, Maybe the dumbass shouldn't have fled!

sturnman22
sturnman22

POS caused it all.

JBo
JBo

So if it's raining, don't pursue people that commit crimes?

Sheriffone
Sheriffone

Or if there is a breeze, or it's hot, or it's cold or...or...or...

EMarie
EMarie

Maybe his family should have raised a decent person and stop blaming the world for their ignorance!

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

"...a history of arson, marijuana sales, and domestic battery..."

This POS is a real upstanding citizen!

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

I smell a lawsuit in the making.

Betts122
Betts122

You better believe it. Mark Padgett should be the one who gets sued. That idiot must have been doing 80 mph......the way his car flew through the intersection. But as usual the police will get blamed and the police department will be sued. I stand by the police.

MichaelP
MichaelP

When don’t they sue?

NoSaint
NoSaint

maybe you should been raised better to judge one you never met or known he was just trying to get a ride from a old friend to come to his girl n see his kid and be with family but you know guess ur a saiNT WE JUST SINNERS MISS ME WITH THAt shit go get a hobby

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Excuse me if I’m wrong but if his dumb ass hadn’t run and just pulled the hell over, he would be alive. He was an idiot. You’re the biggest idiot for blaming this on anyone other than who should be blamed. You don’t have to know him to realize;
A. He’s a criminal with a history.
B. If he’d just stopped there would have been no accident.
C. People who are doing nothing wrong have no reason to run.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Exactly! When you’re doing nothing wrong, you don’t have to flee.

BFalls01
BFalls01

BS! Don't act like a Nigg-Nogg, commit criminal acts AND YOU WON'T BE JUDGED. As far as I'm concerned, this would have been a perfect "Shooting" offense, Assault w/Deadly Weapon-Vehicle. 2 to the noggin, problem solved!!

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

ALWAYS someone else’s fault...NEVER the criminal. He chose to flee, run like a wild ass, & HE is responsible for the death & injuries & accident!! There are ALWAYS consequences to ones actions...
ACCOUNTABILITY

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

"The kids don't have their dad no more." says the wife....perhaps that is good thing. People like this just don't get it.

kwhite5
kwhite5

To judge someone you never met? Are you really that stupid?? "He was just a good ole boy tryin to get to his girl and see his kid" duuuhhhhhhhh You deserve the Patrick of the day medal, wipe the drool off your chin dipchit.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Mrs. Ramsey the fault lies with your husband and the driver Mark Padgett you ignorant thug loving POS!!! Stop blaming everyone else and place it where it belongs, on your shoulders!! Someone needs to slap some sense into your fool head!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I've always had mixed feelings on pursuits. I've seen pursuits that have scared the shit out of me, not only because of the suspects driving, but also the officers in pursuit. I think if you already know the name of the driver, and he is not fleeing because he just murdered someone, you would be better off terminating the pursuit and arrest at another time. As far as the passenger being an innocent bystander, I doubt that's the case. He was apparently in the car when the drug transaction witnessed by the officers took place. The fact no one in the BMW was killed is a friggen miracle.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

First off, the driver made the decision that caused the crash, period. Now let's think about pursuits: As LEO0301 stated, really, what is the benefit? Unless it's that once in a career murderer with a smoking gun, why go? There is really no upside anymore. So he ends up arrested? He Is out before the paperwork is done and even if he goes to trial, it'll be a slap on the wrist. The downside? Wrecked patrol cars, damaged stolen car, injured or killed Officers and citizens. If he's suspended, who cares? If he did a minor drug deal, really, who cares? Most of society doesn't care, Judges don't care, so why do we? We go because of our pursuit response, but in this day and age, should we? At some point each of us needs to answer a very personal question: "Is this worth being dead?" Just remember that whatever happens, you, the Officer, will be criticized, investigated, probably sued and not defended by your Department. Do the math, 10-8.