COLUMBUS, Ind. — State, county and city police combined efforts early this morning to stop an elusive Columbus man, who led authorities on a 45-minute car chase, reaching speeds of 115 mph.
Michael S. Walker, 23, is being held at Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary felony counts of resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement by fleeing, criminal recklessness with a vehicle, reckless driving and driving while suspended with a prior conviction.
The chase started at about 3:15 a.m. today, when a Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department deputy observed Walker leaving Taylorsville's Circle K in a blue Cadillac DeVille and then drive north on U.S. 31. The deputy, who reportedly knew Walker's license was suspended, attempted to stop the vehicle, but Walker fled to the Interstate 65 entrance and sped northbound.
The pursuit continued as Walker reportedly exited I-65 at State Road 252 and headed east. The deputy then lost sight of the vehicle.
About five minutes later, Indiana State Trooper Matt Simmons found Walker driving west on 800N at 77 mph. Simmons then pursued the vehicle at speeds of up to 115 mph, west on county roads, south on U.S. 31. The Columbus Police Department attempted to end the chase with stop sticks near County Road 450N, but Walker weaved around the sticks and continued south on U.S. 31 until pulling into the Woodlawn Park Subdivision.
Walker then drove off the road and through a field to County Road 200W, where Simmons lost sight of the vehicle and stopped the pursuit.
Minutes later, a passerby notified a Columbus Police Department officer of a blue Cadillac DeVille in the parking lot of the Bulldog Lanes Bowling Alley, 3906 N. Indianapolis Road. Officers surrounded the suspected and arrested him at about 3:58 a.m. without further incident.