A dump truck driver’s fast thinking stopped what could have been a deadly wrong-way police chase in Indiana on Sunday.
The incident began just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, August 25, on I-65 near Indianapolis, Indiana, when Trooper Jonathan Troyer approached what he thought was a disabled car on the shoulder of the interstate in the construction zone near Lafayette Road.
After the Troyer activated his lights, the car driver turned left. Troyer said that when he yelled at the car driver to stop, he put the car in reverse and crashed into a guardrail. Troyer then got out of his cruiser to try to get the car driver to stop, but instead he took off southbound in the northbound lanes of the interstate.
The car driver made his way into lanes closed for construction and was headed toward a work site.
That’s when dump truck driver William Honey acted to save his coworkers by parking in the path of the wrong-way car. The car crashed into the front of the dump truck.
No injuries were reported.
Honey told RTV6, “I was in the construction zone doing my job and radio chatter from a coworker was that there was a police chase in the zone. A car going south in the northbound lanes. I placed my truck to create a barricade in hopes to stop the guy, not to get hit by him. I was trying to protect my coworkers on the ground.”
Following the crash, police were able to arrest the car driver, later identified as 20 year old Jonathan Hipolito. Hipolito was issued various charges including operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction, marijuana possession, resisting arrest, and driving while suspended.