Columbus man flees law enforcement after crashing vehicle

Courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff

COLUMBUS, Ind. – A Bartholomew County man has been arrested and faces multiple charges after he attempted to evade deputies from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) on foot.

Derick Scott Harris, 39, of Columbus, was arrested and faces preliminary charges of leaving the scene of an accident, resisting law enforcement, public intoxication: drugs, obstructing traffic, possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of justice and maintenance of a common nuisance.

BCSO responded to block 4200 South US 31 in reference to a single-vehicle crash Saturday just after 3:30 p.m. During questioning, deputies noted that Harris appeared to be impaired. While they were speaking with the suspect, he fled on foot into a wooded area.

Other deputies and K9 officers were called to the scene and secured the perimeter. The fugitive was eventually spotted walking through a nearby field.

Harris, who is currently on parole, was taken into custody without further incident. Following the arrest, several pills were reportedly found scattered around the area where Harris fled.

After medical clearance at Columbus Regional Health, Harris was transported to Bartholomew County Jail.

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