Man arrested after short chase

An eastern Bartholomew County man who was wanted on an arrest warrant led a police officer on a short chase before he was apprehended.

Robert W. Hiatt, 23, 355 N. Jackson St., Hartsville, was taken into custody shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday on new preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, driving while suspended and resisting law enforcement.

Columbus Police Officer Andrew Plank noticed Hiatt driving near Eighth and Maple streets, and knew there was an outstanding warrant out for Hiatt’s arrest, according to a Columbus Police Department news release. Hiatt was wanted for domestic battery, said Lt. Matt Harris, public information officer for Columbus Police Department.

Plank attempted to pull over Hiatt, but Hiatt continued driving another block before he jumped out and ran into a residence near Eighth and Hutchins Avenue, where he was apprehended, the news release stated.

During a search of the vehicle, police found an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine inside his car, according to the news release.

Hiatt is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $72,000 surety bond, or $7,200 cash bond.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.