Hit-and-run suspect arrested after foot chase

A suspect in a hit and run crash that occurred last Wednesday was apprehended by a Columbus Police officer after she allegedly tried to flee again on Friday afternoon. Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police

Ashley Shuffitt; photo courtesy of the Columbus Police Dept.
Ashley Shuffitt; photo courtesy of the Columbus Police Dept.

Department spokesman, says that Officer Maren Crabtree was on patrol in the 1500 block of Chestnut Street at approximately 4:45 p.m. when she reported seeing 21-year-old Ashley R. Shuffitt, of Columbus. Shuffitt also had a warrant for her arrest, says Harris. Police say that Shuffitt began running after noticing the officer and refused to stop when ordered to do so. During the foot chase, Shuffitt allegedly threw a glass pipe containing methamphetamine before being taken to the ground by Crabtree. Officers later found a small amount of methamphetamine in Shuffitt’s pocket as well as drug paraphernalia in her backpack, says Harris. In addition to the warrant, Shuffitt is facing preliminary charges of:

Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony);
Failure to Stop After an Accident Causing Injury (A Misdemeanor);
Resisting Law Enforcement on Foot (A Misdemeanor);
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Misdemeanor);
Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)