1 arrested after burglary, chase

Columbus police arrested one suspect and are looking for another after an early morning burglary in the 700 block of Werner Avenue.

Police were called at 3 a.m. Thursday when a homeowner there advised that two people were trying to break into his home and had fled in a vehicle.

Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus police spokesman, said an officer in the area located the suspect vehicle, a Dodge Neon, nearby, and a short pursuit ensued.

The pursuit ended when the suspects crashed the car into a pile of bricks on the Golden Foundry property and the Neon was disabled there.

The two suspects then fled on foot, police said, but Officer Branch Schrader and canine Argo located Dustten J. Hitch, 20, 2034 Gilmore St., Columbus, hiding in the foundry field area.

Hitch was arrested on preliminary charges of burglary, resisting law enforcement in a vehicle and resisting law enforcement on foot.

Officers searched for a second suspect but were unable to locate him, Harris said.

Hitch is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on $40,000 bond.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.