Local man faces drug charges after chase

A local man is being held in lieu of $112,500 bond after fleeing police in downtown Columbus.

Erik J. Peetz II, 24, 2880 Catalina Drive, was arrested by Columbus police on charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of paraphernalia, possession of legend drug injection devices, possession of methamphetamine and two Bartholomew County warrants, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus police spokesman.

At about 4:15 p.m. Friday, Columbus Police Officer Wesley Dodge saw Peetz in the 1000 block of Third Street and confirmed that he was wanted on two local warrants for his arrest, Harris said.

When approached by police, Peetz fled on foot, Harris said. Dodge pursued Peetz and was able to stop him in the 1000 block of Sixth Street.

After Peetz was arrested, police found a small bag in Peetz’s coat pocket that contained drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine, Harris said.

Peetz is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail, 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.