Police: Columbus man arrested on meth charge after crashing car into garage

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (Feb. 22, 2016) – A man who was wanted on a warrant tried to evade police last week, crashing his car into a garage in the process.

Around 11 a.m. Friday, a Columbus police officer saw Tyler Houchens, 20, driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am on 25th Street and noticed he had a warrant for his arrest. The officer attempted to pull Houchens over, but Houchens wouldn’t stop. Police said he accelerated toward a busy school pedestrian crossing at 25th Street and Home Avenue; the officer stopped the pursuit and Houchens sped away, police said.

Shortly after that, Houchens crashed into a garage in the 1100 block of 24th Street. The impact pushed a parked car through the back wall of the garage. Police said Houchens ran off, but officers found him in the back yard of a residence in the 1500 block of 21st Street.

Police found a bag of meth in Houchens’ crashed vehicle and arrested him on a number of charges, including possession of methamphetamine, operating without ever receiving a license, criminal recklessness with a vehicle, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. He was also arrested on his outstanding warrant in Bartholomew County