GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man led police on a high-speed chase through Hancock County on Thursday morning that ended with a crash in a New Palestine neighborhood.
Christian Emmons, 45, of Greenfield, could face charges of resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness after refusing to stop as police chased him for more than 12 miles, reaching speeds of 100 mph, detectives said.
Police are investigating whether the truck Emmons was driving was stolen or whether something else might have led him to flee police.
The chase started with a car accident. Emmons rolled the truck he was driving in the 1200 block of West County Road 100S, just outside of Greenfield city limits, around 7:30 a.m., police said.
A passerby who saw the crash called 911 and watched as Emmons started his car — which landed upright — and took off again, police said.
Emmons swerved into the path of oncoming officers who were responding to the crash, attempting to hit their patrol cars head-on, officers said.
Emmons headed southbound on County Road 500W and led officers into New Palestine, police said.
Emmons crashed his car into a fence in the 4300 block of South County Road 500W and was arrested at the scene, police said.
Emmons was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital to be checked by doctors, but he had no visible injuries, officers said.
One Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle was damaged during the pursuit. No officers or other drivers were injured during the chase.
Emmons is not the registered owner of the truck he was driving, police said. They are investigating if the vehicle was stolen and whether Emmons was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.