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Driver eludes Columbus police after chase, again

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COLUMBUS, Ind. —  A driver led Columbus police on a brief chase and then bailed from his vehicle and escaped, the second time in two days officers have been involved in such an incident.

Columbus Police Department Sgt. Jason Christophel attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic violations near 11th and Washington streets at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, according to police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers.

But the driver tried to elude the officer, who gave chase. In the 900 block of Franklin Street, the driver jumped from the vehicle and ran. The then-unmanned car careened and struck two parked cars, but no one was injured, according to Myers.

Patrolman Chad Lehman and his police dog, Rex, tracked the driver but came up empty. Officers found anhydrous tanks and other components to manufacture methamphetamine in the vehicle.

This incident closely matches one that unfolded Thursday downtown when Christophel tried to pull over a vehicle when police responded to a call about a theft. The driver of that vehicle bailed in the 1000 block of Chestnut Street, and eluded police.

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