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Foot chase ends in arrest in car-theft, drug case

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A Perry County man being sought on charges of parole violation was caught following a foot chase in Columbus.

Charles Fredrick Miller, 30, of Branchville was arrested by Columbus police Friday on charges of parole violation, possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement and receiving a stolen auto.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, two officers on patrol ran a check on a car with an out-of-state plate driving near 11th and Chestnut streets, police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said. Computer records showed the license plate was registered to a different vehicle, Myers said.

Officers Wesley Dodge and Toby Combest followed the 1995 Chrysler Sebring to the area of Eighth Street and Central Place. When the officers ordered the driver to stop, the driver ran away, Myers said.

During the chase south through several alleys, Dodge and Combest several times ordered the man to stop. However, their commands were either ignored or answered with obscenities, Myers said.

He said the chase ended after the man slowed to a walk and reached into a pocket. The officers had to assume he had a weapon, Myers said. The man was stunned with a Taser gun and handcuffed as he was taken into custody, when police learned he was carrying a knife, Myers said.

Myers said a search turned up an unspecified amount of a powder believed to be methamphetamine. A follow-up investigation showed Miller was driving a car that had been stolen in Brown County and that an arrest warrant for parole violations had been issued in Miller’s home county west of Louisville, Ky., Myers said.

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what, if any, formal charges will be filed. Miller is being held without bond in the Bartholomew County jail.

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