Police: Man arrested after chase


An observant Columbus Police officer made an arrest after spotting a vehicle that was reported stolen in Columbus the day before.

Columbus Police Department officer Jim Paris took a report about a stolen 2002 Pontiac Grand Am at midnight Tuesday from the owners in the 3100 block of North National Road.

About 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Paris saw the vehicle traveling south on U.S. 31, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Paris and Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Jimmy Green, who was off duty, conducted the traffic stop in the 1800 block of North National Road.

They arrested Christopher M. Allman, 31, Seymour, on a preliminary charge of auto theft. Two passengers in the vehicle were later released at the site of the arrest.

According to officers, Allman said he saw that the Pontiac’s windows were rolled down and he located the vehicle keys in the vehicle’s console, Harris said.

Allman is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $750 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.