Hit-and-run suspect arrested after foot chase

A person wanted for a hit-and-run crash was arrested by a Columbus police officer after a foot chase.

Columbus police officer Maren Crabtree was in the 1500 block of Chestnut Street at 4:45 p.m. Friday when she saw Ashley R. Shuffitt, 21, 1517 Chestnut St., who was a suspect in the hit-and-run.

There also was a warrant out for Shuffitt’s arrest, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Shuffitt began running after seeing Crabtree and refused to stop when ordered to do so by Crabtree, Harris said.

During the foot chase, Shuffitt was accused of throwing a glass pipe containing methamphetamine before she was taken to the ground by Crabtree, Harris said.

Officers later located a small amount of methamphetamine in her pocket as well as drug paraphernalia in her backpack, Harris said.

Shuffitt was arrested on charges of two counts of felony possession of methamphetamine, failure to stop after an accident causing injury, resisting law enforcement on foot, possession of paraphernalia and the warrant, Harris said.

She is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond 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.