Pursuit leads to an arrest on charge of resisting law enforcement

Columbus police arrested a local man after a pursuit which began at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Central Avenue.

Columbus police officer Robert Mitchell saw a red Honda Civic disregard a red traffic light at the intersection at about 12:50 a.m. today, but when Mitchell attempted to stop the car, the driver refused to pull over, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Mitchell pursued the driver, later identified as Mitchel R. Wood, 26, Columbus, at speeds up to 70 miles per hour, before Wood stopped in a parking lot on Nicholas Lane near Candlelight Drive, Harris said.

Wood was arrested on a charge of felony resisting law enforcement and was cited for disregarding an automatic traffic signal, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and speeding.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.