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Police evacuated homes surrounding a Tannehill Park residence where a suspect was holed up Saturday night after a police chase.
One witness thought Michael D. Thompson, 27, was carrying a weapon when he returned to his Taylorsville home, so Columbus Police called for backup, including officers from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police.
After a standoff of more than an hour, police were able to establish communication and Thompson surrendered and was taken into custody without incident, said Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers, who added that no weapons were found.
Police pursuit of Thompson began just after 7 p.m. when Columbus Police Sgt. Jay Frederick saw a car speeding on Middle Road.
When Frederick attempted to pull over the vehicle, the suspect took off west and went through the northern part of Columbus before heading north on U.S. 31, Myers said.
At one point, the car crashed into a median near the intersection of County Road 550N, but still continued north before first turning west onto County Road 650 North, and eventually into the Tannehill mobile home park, Myers said.
As Frederick arrived home, one witness saw Thompson go inside 7645 Parkland Court, Myers said.
A license check showed the car involved in the pursuit that was parked behind the residence was owned by Thompson.
As additional officers arrived, they saw moving window curtains, which prompted them to evacuated surrounding homes before setting up a perimeter, Myers said.
Thompson was arrested on charges of criminal recklessness with a vehicle and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, both Class D felonies, Myers said.
It was also determined Thompson had been driving with a suspended license, Myers said.
When asked why he fled police, Thompson said he had been drinking earlier and thought there were still containers of alcohol inside his car, Myers said.
Formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.
Since Thompson is also facing probation violations, he is currently being held without bond at the Bartholomew County Jail.
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