Deputies chase man who fled following wreck

Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies are looking for a man who fled from officers after crashing into a fence on Shady Lane.

Deputy Matt Bush was driving on U.S. 31 South near County Road 400N about 11 p.m. Monday when he saw a gray Chevrolet Impala slowing to make a right turn on Shady Lane, deputies said.

Bush attempted to stop the vehicle because the driver didn’t use a turn signal, but the car sped up and continued west on Shady Lane at a high rate of speed, deputies said.

The car eventually crashed into a fence and an unidentified male left the driver’s side and ran south from the scene.

Columbus Police Department Officer Branch Schrader and K-9 Argo, along with Bush, attempted to track the man but were unable to locate him, deputies said.

When Bush later returned to the vehicle, he found a broken glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, deputies said.

The registered owner of the car told deputies she had left the keys in the vehicle, did not report it stolen and didn’t know who took it.

The driver in the incident has not been caught, deputies said.

Have a tip?

Anyone with information about the chase on Shady Lane is asked to call the sheriff’s tipline at 812-379-1712. Information may be left anonymously.

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