A Columbus man was arrested Tuesday morning after allegedly leading police on a vehicle chase, then a pursuit on foot.
Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that just before 4 a.m., Officer Travis Harbaugh noticed a vehicle with an expired license plate in the area of 11th Street and Washington Street. When Harbaugh attempted to stop the vehicle, he says that the vehicle sped up and refused to pull over. The driver, 37-year-old Douglas W. Houchens, allegedly disregarded a number of stop signs before losing control of the vehicle and striking a curb near 22nd Street and Hawcreek Avenue. Police say that Houchens then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Houchens was apprehended by Harbaugh and a CPD K-9 a short time later.
Authorities say that Houchens appeared drunk and was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital. After being discharged, Houchens was booked on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement on Foot, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.