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A report of a pickup truck hitting parked vehicles downtown led to the arrest of a Columbus man on charges that include drunken driving and fighting with police officers.
Columbus police were called just after midnight Friday morning to the area of 22nd Street and Central Avenue, where they found a pickup truck being driven by a man they later identified as Zachary I. Spiehler, 23, of 1714 Cottage Ave., said Lt. Matt Myers, public information officer.
Myers said a city officer and an Indiana State Police trooper who assisted began following the vehicle and saw the driver swerve over the center line into the oncoming lane.
The officers tried to stop the driver at Maple and 22nd streets, Myers said. Although Spiehler stopped his truck, he ran away on foot despite the officers’ orders to stop, Myers added.
Officers used two stun guns on the man but missed, Myers said. They caught up to him and tackled him, which led to a short struggle in which the man reportedly kicked at the officers while they tried to handcuff him.
The officers had to carry Spiehler to a squad car and restrained his legs with a strap so he couldn’t kick out the windows, Myers said.
Spiehler was being held on a $1,010 cash bond at the Bartholomew County Jail on arrest charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while suspended, all misdemeanors.
He also was arrested on a felony charge of resisting law enforcement and an out-of-county warrant for theft,
The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will decide what formal charges, if any, to file.
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