Motorist jailed on charges of resisting law enforcement

A motorist was arrested after attempting to flee Columbus police officers in his vehicle and on foot after an attempted traffic stop.

Douglas W. Houchens, 37, 8433 N. Saxon Court, was arrested on two charges of resisting law enforcement, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, Columbus police officer Travis Harbaugh saw a vehicle with an expired license plate in the area of 11th and Washington streets, Harris said. When Harbaugh attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Houchens, sped up and did not pull over, Harris said.

Houchens drove through a number of stop signs before losing control of his vehicle and striking a curb near 22nd Street and Hawcreek Avenue, which disabled the vehicle, Harris said. Houchens then fled on foot but was caught by Harbaugh a short time later with the assistance of a Columbus police K-9 unit, Harris said.

Houchens was showing signs of intoxication and was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked and then to the Bartholomew County Jail, Harris said. He is being held at the jail in lieu of $17,500 bond, jail officials said.

Author photo
Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.