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Westport man jailed in assault

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A Decatur County man sought in the assault of a woman was arrested early Thursday in an abandoned house near Grammer.

Aaron Sanders, 31, of Westport, was arrested on preliminary charges of strangulation and domestic battery.

The incident began about 1 a.m. Wednesday, when deputies were sent to an area of southeast Bartholomew County to investigate a report of a suspicious person, said Maj. Todd Noblitt, spokesman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

When officers arrived, they found a Decatur County woman who said Sanders had become violent during an argument. Noblitt said that while the woman displayed signs of being battered and choked, she did not require medical treatment.

After the deputies alerted other law enforcement agencies, a vehicle matching the description given by the woman was spotted a short distance away by an Indiana State Police trooper. When the officer attempted to pull over the red Ford Mustang, the driver refused to stop.

Noblitt said while there was a brief pursuit, the trooper decided to stop the chase due to heavy fog.

After an arrest warrant was issued by Bartholomew Circuit Court, the Mustang was found late Wednesday in rural Decatur County, where it had struck several mailboxes and left the roadway, according to Noblitt.

Police dogs were brought in to help deputies search for the driver. Additional officers from the Indiana State Police and the Columbus Police Department also helped in the search.

Shortly after midnight Thursday morning, search teams tracked the suspect to an abandoned house near Bartholomew County roads 300S and 900E. They found Sanders in a closet, Noblitt said.

Sanders, who sustained a dog bite during the arrest, was treated at Columbus Regional Hospital and then taken to jail.

Noblitt said he was not aware of any connection between Sanders and the abandoned house where he was found.

Sanders was being held Thursday afternoon in lieu of $15,000 bond.

While strangulation means the act of killing by squeezing the throat, Indiana law defines it as intentionally applying pressure to another person’s throat or obstructing their nose or mouth.

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