Stolen truck recovered; 2 arrested

Police arrested two men on several charges after officers were called to a Ninth Street address about several people fighting in the street.

Columbus police arrested Jeremy T. Calhoun, 25, 1439 Pearl St., on charges of possession of a handgun without a license, a pending warrant and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle in the commission of a crime, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus police spokesman.

Police arrested William D. Decker, 18, 597 Collier St., on charges of possession of a handgun without a license, operating a vehicle without a license, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property, Harris said.

Police were sent to the 1000 block of Ninth Street at about 9 a.m. Saturday where they were told one of the individuals involved in the incident was brandishing a firearm and leaving in a black truck.

When officers arrived, they saw a black truck attempting to leave the area at a high rate of speed with Calhoun riding in the truck bed, Harris said. Officers confirmed there was a warrant out for Calhounā€™s arrest and stopped the truck to arrest him, Harris said.

During the investigation, officers learned the truck, driven by Decker, had been reported stolen Sept. 9 in Bartholomew County. Officers also learned the license plate that was on the vehicle had been reported stolen Sept. 19, Harris said.

After taking Decker into custody, police found a loaded 9 mm handgun in the truck, Harris said.

Decker was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $20,000 bond, jail officials said. Calhoun is being held in jail in lieu of $12,600 bond, jail officials said.

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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.