Fleeing suspect arrested on possession charge

A Columbus man was arrested after he tried to flee when police attempted to stop him when riding a bicycle near 21st Street and Pennsylvania Street.

Daniel S. Hardin, 39, Columbus, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting law enforcement and two Bartholomew County warrants, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Columbus police officer Michael Butler attempted to stop two men riding bicycles near the Pennsylvania Street intersection about 1:45 a.m. Friday, Harris said.

One of the men stopped, but Hardin began riding through yards trying to escape, Harris said.

After losing sight of Hardin, Butler asked officer Chad Lehman and his K-9 partner Niko to assist, and they tracked Hardin and found him hiding in bushes behind a home in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Street, Harris said.

Officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia on Hardin before they took him to the Bartholomew County Jail.

Hardin is being held at the jail in lieu of $21,000 bond, jail officials said.