A Columbus man was arrested on several charges after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a detached garage on Friday morning.
Columbus Police Department Spokesman Lt. Matt Harris says that at approximately 11:10 a.m., Officer Frank Dickman, observed 20-year-old Tyler S. Houchens driving a car on 25th Street. The officer reported that he knew that Houchens had a warrant for his arrest and tried to pull him over. Police say that Houchens refused to stop and rapidly accelerated towards a busy school pedestrian crossing at 25th Street and Home Avenue.
Harris say that Officer Dickman terminated the pursuit as Houchens sped away at a high rate of speed. A short time later, police were notified that Houchens had crashed into a detached garage in the 1100 block of 24th Street. When Houchens’ vehicle struck the garage, it pushed a parked vehicle through the back garage wall. Houchens allegedly fled on foot, but was apprehended in the back yard of a residence in the 1500 block of 21st Street by Officer John Velten. Officers allegedly found a bag of methamphetamine in Houchens’ crashed vehicle.
Harris says that, along with the outstanding Bartholomew County warrant, Houchens was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of Operating without Ever Receiving a License, Possession of Methamphetamine, Criminal Recklessness with a Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.