Columbus man arrested on battery, other charges

A Columbus man was arrested Monday night after police say he injured a group of people, including two juveniles.

Steven T. Richards; photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Dept.
Steven T. Richards; photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that at 8:21 p.m., Deputy Adam Warner was sent to a reported battery in the 1400 block of Tellman Road. Upon arrival, Deputy Warner reported finding a female and a boy who had been run over by a vehicle. Jackson says that the suspect, 33-year-old Steven Richards, of Pearl Street, had also physically assaulted two other adults and one minor female.

Victims told police that Richards became angry when they tried to stop him from driving his vehicle while intoxicated. Jackson says that Sgt. Gary Knoef and Deputy Jon Lanning found Richards at his home where he was arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, Criminal Recklessness and Failure to Stop Following an Accident. Richards remains in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond.

Jackson says that one female and two minors were treated and released at Columbus Regional Hospital. She says that two adults refused treatment at the scene.