A Columbus man is under arrest on several charges after a 25-minute police chase last night through downtown and into the county.
The chase started after police noticed a car driving without a license plate in the 1600 block of Franklin Street at about 11:15 p.m. last night. When an officer tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver instead fled, eventually driving through two farm fields before getting stuck in the 3400 block of South County Road 250E. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department, says the driver, 26-year-old Jose Garcia Rodriguez left the vehicle and reached toward his waist as he ran away.
Columbus police dog Argo and his handler Officer Branch Schrader took the man into custody. Rodriguez was treated at the hospital for dog bites before heading to jail.
Rodriguez is facing preliminary charges of possession of meth, resisting law enforcement both in a vehicle and on foot, criminal recklessness and operating a vehicle without a license.