North Vernon man arrested after police chase thru Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — A North Vernon man is in custody after he led Columbus police officers on a vehicle pursuit Sunday night.  At approximately 11:30 p.m., CPD Officer Tony Kummer observed a 2015 Jeep Patriot traveling on Center Street without headlights.  When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver, Jesse L. Crouch, a 20-year-old North Vernon resident, refused to pull over.

The pursuit continued south out of Columbus and a short time later near the intersection of U.S. 31 and County Road 600 South, Crouch’s vehicle struck a tire deflation device set by the Elizabethtown Deputy Marshal, Fred Neff.  Crouch continued driving on deflated tires until officers were able to box him in ending the pursuit on County Road 450 East and County Road 700 South where he was taken into custody.

Officers later determined that Crouch did not have a driver’s license.  While searching the vehicle officers located several alcoholic beverages as well as a small dog that did not belong to Crouch.  When the owners could not be contacted, the dog was turned over to Animal Care Services.  Crouch was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle

Operating a Vehicle without a License

Illegal Consumption/Possession of Alcohol

Jesse Crouch

Jesse Crouch