Police: Driver who led police on 45-minute chase arrested on meth, driving while intoxicated charges

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Steve Fields

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Police arrested a man who led officers on a 45-minute chase before crashing into a police cruiser early Saturday morning.

According to the Columbus Police department, Officer Michael Butler responded to National Road and Washington Street around 2:30 a.m. after receiving a call about a possibly intoxicated driver. Butler saw the vehicle in question weaving in and out of the lanes. The officer tried to pull over the car, but the driver accelerated and tried to get away.

The pursuit lasted 45 minutes, police said, as the driver, later identified as Steven D. Fields, 25, Columbus, drove through Bartholomew County. Fields tried to drive into oncoming traffic and eventually ran over stop sticks that had been deployed by Indiana State Police.

During the pursuit, Fields nearly hit an Indiana State trooper’s patrol car head-on. He later crashed into a cruiser from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, causing the deputy to hit a tree. The deputy wasn’t hurt, police said.

Fields stopped his vehicle in the 1900 block of Wallace Avenue and tried to run away. A deputy took him into custody a short time later.

Fields went to Columbus Regional Hospital, where he refused a blood draw. Police later obtained a warrant for the blood draw and took him to the Bartholomew County Jail.

Preliminary charges against Fields include resisting law enforcement, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated, criminal recklessness, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe, aggressive driving and reckless driving.