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GREENFIELD — A high-speed chase on Interstate 70 Tuesday afternoon exceeded speeds of 100 miles per hour before the suspects lost control of their sport-utility vehicle and crashed near the Greenfield exit.

Police at the scene said the three people now in custody, who have not yet been identified, are suspects in two armed robberies in Indianapolis.

A witness to one of those robberies reported seeing a silver SUV leaving the GameStop store that had just been robbed in the 1000 block of East Washington St. around 2 p.m.

Within minutes, a Cumberland police officer spotted an SUV fitting the description heading east on I-70.

Police attempted to stop the SUV near the Post Road exit around 2:15 p.m. The SUV slowed long enough for one suspect to bail out of the car, then sped away.

Two officers stopped and chased the suspect who jumped out of the vehicle. One Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer reportedly fired his weapon at but did not strike the suspect, IMPD public information officer Chris Wilburn said.

Meanwhile, at least six police cars joined the chase on I-70 as it crossed into Hancock County. Officers alerted local dispatchers, who relayed information to Hancock County officers who deployed tire-deflation devices at mile marker 103 in hopes of stopping the SUV, according to police broadcasts.

The driver lost control of the SUV just a few yards from the Greenfield exit and crashed. The car rolled over at least once before coming to a stop in the median.

The driver and his passenger were conscious and alert at the scene, but the extent of their injuries was unknown.

Police said they have yet to conclusively determine whether the trio was involved in the robbery of the Indianapolis GameStop store and a Discount Tobacco store in the 5500 block of Brookville Road.

Sitting in the grass outside the SUV at the scene Tuesday afternoon were several gaming systems still in their original boxes.

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