The Noblesville Police Dept. was involved in a battery investigation occurring at approximately 12:34 p.m. in the parking lot of 14199 Blanket Flower Lane.
The incident involved a male and female arguing and an off-duty NPD officer was flagged down to assist.
According to a press release from the NPD, based on witness statements and evidence, the off-duty officer was in her marked police vehicle with her father when she was flagged down to assist with a disturbance between a male and female. Both the officer and her father exited the police vehicle to try and resolve the confrontation. The male suspect, later identified as Edward L. Albright, Jr., 45, of Noblesville, got into the officer’s vehicle and attempted to drive away. The officer and her father attempted to pull Albright out of the vehicle and were unsuccessful. During the struggle, Albright allegedly battered both the officer and her father and sprayed both with chemical spray in his possession.
He then fled the scene in the police vehicle, confronted a driver of a 2006 Toyota Avalon in the parking lot of Sherwin-Williams Paint Store at 14064 Britton Park Rd. in Fishers and pulled that driver from the vehicle and fled westbound in the eastbound lane on 141st Street before turning southbound on Ind. 37 in the Toyota. An NPD officer responded and attempted to stop the driver. The vehicle pursuit traveled south on Ind. 37, south on Interstate 69, west on Interstate 465, and west on Interstate 74 before resulting in a crash near the intersection of I-74 and Ind. 32 in Montgomery County when Albright attempted to exit the interstate. Officers from several surrounding cities, counties and Indiana State Police assisted with the pursuit.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Dept. is investigating the crash. Albright suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The off-duty officer and her father were treated at Riverview Health in Noblesville and released. The owner of the Toyota was treated at the scene.