Police chase leads to arrest on auto theft charge

Thomas R. Brockman
Thomas R. Brockman

A Nashville man was arrested on charges including auto theft yesterday morning after leading Bartholomew County deputies and Columbus police on a chase.

A deputy tried to pull over a vehicle on State Road 46 at about 1:27 a.m. yesterday for a traffic stop, but the driver allegedly took off, according to Judy Jackson, spokeswoman with the sheriff’s department.

The chase finally ended at Old Nashville Road and the driver, 43-year-old Thomas R. Brockman allegedly barricaded himself inside the vehicle and threatened to harm himself. Deputy Leah Burton broke the window out of the vehicle and Columbus police dog Argo forced Brockman to surrender.

He is being held on preliminary charges of auto theft, resisting with a vehicle, driving while suspended with a prior incident, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.