Man arrested on 12 charges after chase

Members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested a local man on 12 charges including two warrants for dealing in heroin, after a vehicle chase.

The team, assisted by Columbus patrol officers and the community policing unit, arrested Thomas E. Childers Jr., 32, 715 Sycamore St., at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday following the pursuit, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Harris said Childers was arrested on the following charges:

Two Bartholomew County felony warrants for dealing in a narcotic drug

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Misdemeanor resisting law enforcement on foot

Felony resisting law enforcement by vehicle

Misdemeanor driving while suspended with a prior conviction

Misdemeanor reckless driving

Felony receiving stolen property

Felony possession of heroin

Misdemeanor possession of marijuana

Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

Felony possession of a legend drug injection device

Misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident

Childers is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $302,000 bond, jail officials said.

The incident began when officers spotted Childers driving a car on State Street and Childers refused to pull over, Harris said. The pursuit continued until Childers crashed into a parked vehicle in the 400 block of Pence Street, Harris said.

Childers left the vehicle and went inside a residence where he was arrested after a struggle with officers, Harris said.

When officers entered the residence, they saw narcotics in open view, Harris said.

While there, officers arrested Chad Allan Mitchell, 40, 412 Pence St., on a preliminary charge of felony maintaining a common nuisance, Harris said. Mitchell is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the Pence Street house and later located about 2 grams of heroin, 15 hypodermic needles, marijuana, drug paraphernalia as well as a stolen computer, Harris said.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team is a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s office. The team is targeting the manufacture and abuse of dangerous drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County.

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