Police chase ends in crash and arrest

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 HouchensTyler 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 IMG_0403that 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 IMG_0404preliminary 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.