Drunk driver crashes into deputy’s patrol car


Stephen Fields
Stephen Fields

olumbus police arrested a driver after he crashed into a sheriff’s department patrol car and nearly hit a state trooper in a 45-minute chase early Saturday morning.

Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department, said an officer responded to a report of a possibly drunk driver near National Road and Washington Street. The officer gave chase to a vehicle that was weaving across lanes. The driver¬†allegedly¬†raced away, tried to drive into oncoming traffic and drove through tire-deflation devices placed by state police. A near-miss with a trooper’s car was followed by a crash into a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department vehicle which forced the patrol car to then hit a tree. The deputy was uninjured, Harris said.

The driver stopped in the 1900 block of Wallace Avenue and ran away. 25-year-old Stephen D. Fields was arrested a short time later on preliminary charges including:

  • Resisting Law Enforcement (Vehicle)
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident
  • Resisting Law Enforcement (on Foot)
  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated
  • Criminal Recklessness
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Illegal Possession of a Syringe
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Reckless Driving