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Police chase escalates; 2 captured, land in jail

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A Bartholomew County man was arrested following a weekend police chase.

Robert Flach, 20, 7260 S. County Road 300W, was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, driving while suspended and leaving the scene of an accident. He also was cited for driving without headlights and disregarding a traffic signal.

At 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Columbus Police officer Jim Paris saw an eastbound Ford Bronco run a red light at 25th and Maple streets. When Paris got behind the SUV to attempt to pull it over, the driver drove off so fast that Paris temporarily lost sight of the vehicle, according to Lt. Matt Myers, police department spokesman.

However, Columbus Police Lt. Jeff Williams spotted the Bronco after it turned into an alley off Maple Street, Myers said. Williams saw a passenger, later identified as Jonathan K. Mings, 20, who resides with Flach, running from the SUV. Mings was arrested as other officers continued to follow the SUV, Myers said.

During the pursuit, the motorist drove through a number of yards and finally stopped after knocking down a fence near 17th Street and Orinoco Avenue, Myers said. However, the driver then fled on foot.

Officer Chad Lehman brought his police dog, Rex, to the SUV, and the dog tracked the driver to a home near 15th Street and Cottage Avenue, where he was found hiding behind a fence, according to Myers. Flach was arrested without further incident.

If the driver had pulled over when Paris attempted to stop him, he would have faced only traffic infractions, Myers said. However, after causing a pursuit that damaged property and endangered both police and the public, he’s now being held in the Bartholomew County jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

After police searched Mings, they found a small quantity of marijuana. He was arrested on possession charges and remains in jail on $5,000 bond.

Myers said all charges against both Flach and Mings are misdemeanors. Formal charges, if any, will be determined by Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.

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