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Suspect slips cuffs but cannot elude police

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Michael Fraley
Michael Fraley

A Columbus teenager suspected of drunken driving slipped out of handcuffs and escaped from a police car Thursday before he was caught outside a residence on Washington Street near U.S. 31.

Indiana State Police Trooper Korry Clark was patrolling on U.S. 31 around 8:30 a.m. Thursday in a “semi-marked” police car, meaning it had no light bar on the top. Clark was passed by a vehicle in the southbound lanes of U.S. 31 near the Indianapolis Road bridge going 85 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to police reports.

Clark stopped the vehicle, reportedly driven by Michael Fraley, 19, as it entered the 45-mph zone just north of Washington Street.

Clark conducted field sobriety tests and suspected Fraley was intoxicated.

The trooper placed Fraley in handcuffs and put him in his police car.

But Fraley reportedly slipped out of the handcuffs and opened the car door, running southwest from the scene through a field as Clark was processing Fraley’s vehicle, according to the state police.

Other state troopers and Columbus Police Department officers arrived after Clark called for assistance.

Fraley went to a residence in the 3000 block of Washington Street and asked to use the phone, but a person at the residence already had called 911, the state police said.

Trooper David Owsley found Fraley outside the residence and took him into custody again.

Fraley was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, a Class D felony, escape, a Class C felony, and being a minor in possession of alcoholic beverages, a Class C misdemeanor.

Charges of driving while intoxicated could be filed later pending the results of blood testing, the state police said.

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