(As originally published with additional photos, Wed, November 8th 2023, 6:39 PM EST)
INDIANAPOLIS (TND) — A man in Indianapolis seems to be making a habit of ramming police cars. He was arrested for doing that for the fourth time on Friday, and he was released on bond the next day.
Indianapolis metro police said in the latest incident, 43-year-old George Leachman rammed a patrol car with a stolen truck.
Officers said they tried to stop the red Ford F350 he was driving because it had a license plate that expired in 2015.
They said Leachman stopped briefly but then rammed the officer’s car multiple times before driving off.
Despite the damage, the officer was able to follow Leachman but at one point, Leachman backed the truck up and struck the police car again.
The officer was not hurt and eventually, Leachman stopped and was arrested.
”It is with great frustration and concern that I address the weekend release of Mr. Leachman on bond,” Police Chief Randal Taylor said. “Leachman has proven time and time again that he has no regard for the law and should not have the ability to put our officers or the general public in any more danger. The fact that this individual has allegedly rammed multiple police cars, placing officers at risk of serious bodily harm or death, on separate incidents is absolutely unacceptable.”
Leachman is charged with “battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting law enforcement, among other things,” police said.
Authorities said in 2017, Leachman struck three police cars during a chase. Two officers were injured.
Then, in 2018, Leachman was arrested for driving over a police car being driven by an officer.
And Leachman was arrested this past February for allegedly ramming three occupied police cars. That incident ended when officers shot him.
Police report this year alone, Leachman caused more than $67,000 in damage to police vehicles, and that doesn’t include damage to private property and medical expenses.