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Officers draw guns on fleeing suspect

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Guns were drawn on a busy highway when officers apprehended a Jewell Village man accused of trying to break into a residence and later fleeing from police.

Ernest Nichols Jr., 36, was arrested on charges of residential entry, resisting law enforcement and driving while suspended.

Nichols, of 533 Patterson Road, also was being sought on two Bartholomew County warrants for failure to appear in court. Those court dates were in connection with original charges of three counts of driving while suspended and possession of a controlled substance.

A witness who notified police of an attempted residential burglary Friday afternoon in the Wilhite Mobile Home Park, off U.S. 31 South, was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect and his vehicle, said Maj. Todd Noblitt, chief deputy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m., Sgt. Jimmy Green saw the suspect’s northbound vehicle nearing Columbus on U.S. 31 and turned on his lights and siren in the vicinity of Knollwood Drive, Noblitt said.

While the driver pulled over and stopped near the intersection of County Road 50N, he waited until Green and another deputy got out of their patrol cars with weapons drawn before he tried to flee, Noblitt said.

The suspect didn’t make it far.

As he attempted to cross the Clifty Creek bridge and enter the city on National Road, city patrolman Brian Plummer veered his car into the driver’s path, Noblitt said.

Nichols was taken into custody at gunpoint without further incident. He was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 10:31 p.m. Friday and ordered held without bond.

The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what charges, if any, to file.

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