Columbus police arrest two people after vehicle pursuit through the east side of city

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Columbus police officers arrested two people on multiple charges after a vehicle pursuit on Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 2:40 p.m., CPD officers pulled over a vehicle that was connected to a recent shoplifting incident, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. When officers approached the vehicle, the driver, who was later identified as Christopher A. Riddle, 43, of Indianapolis sped away from officers.

A pursuit ensued that covered several streets on the east side of Columbus. During the pursuit, Riddle and his passenger, Rachel A. Cardoso-Nelson, 33, of Columbus disregarded several stop signs and drove through yards in an attempt to evade law enforcement, Harris said.

Riddle
Cardoso-Nelson

Minutes later, the suspects’ vehicle came to stop in the backyard of a residence in
the 1900 block of Wallace Avenue where Riddle and Nelson exited the vehicle and attempted to flee from officers on foot. Both were apprehended moments later, Harris said.

During a search of the suspects’ vehicle, the officers located narcotics, drug paraphernalia, along with separately packaged bags of methamphetamine along with syringes, marijuana, and digital scales. Suspected stolen merchandise from the shoplifting incident was also recovered.

Riddle and Nelson were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Christopher Riddle: Resisting law enforcement (Level 6 felony), Marion County warrant, possession of syringe (Level 6 felony), dealing in methamphetamine (Level 5 felony), possession of marijuana (Class B misdemeanor), possession of drug paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor), possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 felony), reckless driving (Class A
misdemeanor)

Rachel Cardoso-Nelson: Theft (Class A misdemeanor), resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), possession of syringe (Level 6 felony), dealing in methamphetamine (Level 5 felony), possession of marijuana (Class B misdemeanor), possession of drug paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor), possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 felony)

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