Columbus resident caught after losing control of truck in 100 mph pursuit

Columbus police arrested a local man after he refused to stop his vehicle, accelerating it to nearly 100 miles per hour before crashing.

Columbus police officer Drake Maddix was attempting to pull over the vehicle on 11th Street near Washington Street at 12:30 a.m. Sunday after determining the driver had a suspended driver’s license, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When Maddix attempted to make the stop, the driver — later identified as Jami M. Martin, 60, of 5101 W. Ohio Ridge Road — refused to pull over, Harris said.

Martin drove at nearly 100 miles per hour and later lost control of the truck, causing him to run off the road in the 5600 block of North County Road 200W, Harris said.

Martin fled on foot from the vehicle but was later caught by Columbus police officers, Harris said.

He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour hold on charges of felony resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, reckless driving and possession of marijuana, jail officials said.

Preliminary bond was set at $24,000, 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.