Police arrest Westport man after pursuit

Columbus police arrested a Westport man after he drove away from them after running a red light and was accused of nearly striking a patrol car.

Officer Tony Kummer saw a car driving north on Central Avenue at 7:25 p.m. Monday that failed to stop for a red traffic light at 17th Street that nearly hit his patrol car, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. A pursuit began when the driver, later identified as Bobby Richards, 30, refused to stop, Harris said.

Richards drove through a nearby alley and Kummer lost sight of the vehicle near 20th Street and Caldwell Place, where the pursuit was stopped, Harris said. A license plate check on the vehicle revealed the registered owner lived in the 2800 block of 17th Street.

When officers went to the address, they found the wanted vehicle parked in the driveway, Harris said. Officers located Richards in the back yard and while arresting him found marijuana and a glass pipe in his clothing.

Richards was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle without a license and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, Harris said.

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