A Columbus police chase ended yesterday after a suspect was found hiding in a trash Toter.
An officer saw a vehicle driving aggressively near Saddle Drive and Taylor Road at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, and when the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver raced away, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department. Eventually the driver plowed through a concrete median on 10th Street damaging his vehicle and eventually leading to the tire falling off.
Off-duty Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Sgt. T.A. Smith was driving the opposite direction as the pursuing officer and chased the driver into the Quail Run apartment complex, where the driver got out of the car and ran away.
Off-duty police officers Brian Voyles and Travis Harbaugh were in the area and helped in the search, with Voyles eventually discovering 39-year-old Steven R. Burton hiding in a trash bin on 12th Street.
Burton was already wanted on warrants out of Bartholomew and Johnson counties. He is facing new preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, resisting law enforcement on foot, criminal recklessness with a vehicle, driving while suspended with a prior conviction, possession of drug paraphernalia and leaving the scene of an accident.
A female passenger, 26-year-old Natasha N. Carr, is facing a preliminary charge of false informing.