Columbus police recovered a stolen classic car and arrested the driver after officers located the vehicle on U.S. 31 near Taylorsville.

Following up on a tip from the public, officers were checking the Taylorsville area at 6 p.m. Wednesday looking for a stolen 1968 Chevy Chevelle.

Officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop and arrested Dustin M. Freese, 33, of 817 Central Place, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. The Chevelle had been reported stolen two days earlier from a garage in Columbus.

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Freese was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license, Harris said.

He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour hold as an investigation continues into the incident, Harris said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.