Man hits plain-clothes Indy officer with vehicle

A Greenwood man was arrested after hitting a police officer with his car.

Michael Lucas, 67, 654 Findlay Lane, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery. Lucas pulled onto his street just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, and two officers were parked along the side of the street, blocking Lucas’ driveway, according to the police report. The officers, from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indiana State Police, were in the area on an unrelated report.

Lucas pulled up behind the cars, honked his horn and yelled, upset that his driveway was blocked, the report said.

One of the officers, who was not in uniform, got out of his vehicle and stood in front of Lucas’ car and Lucas accelerated, hitting the officer in the right leg, according to the report. He then stopped the car.

The officer was not severely injured and did not go to the hospital, Greenwood Police Department spokeswoman Kortney Burello said.

Lucas told Greenwood police that he was upset the cars were blocking his driveway and thought they belonged to his neighbor, according to the report.

Lucas was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was held on $16,000 bond.

Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.