COLUMBUS, Ind. — A Columbus man is in custody after he attempted to elude officers in a vehicle and on foot before being arrested early Tuesday morning. Shortly before 4:00 a.m., Columbus Police Officer Travis Harbaugh observed a vehicle with an expired license plate in the area of 11th Street and Washington Street. When Harbaugh attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspect increased the vehicle’s speed and refused to pull over. The suspect, later identified as Douglas W. Houchens, a 37 year old Columbus resident, disregarded a number of stop signs before losing control of his vehicle and striking a curb near 22nd Street and Hawcreek Avenue.
Houchens exited the disabled vehicle and fled the area on foot. He was apprehended by Harbaugh a short time later with the assistance of a Columbus Police Department canine unit. Houchens exhibited signs of being under the influence of an intoxicant and was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital. After being discharged, he was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:
Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle
Resisting Law Enforcement on Foot
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated