Police chase leads to narcotics arrest of Columbus man
COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office says a Columbus man was arrested after leading officers on a chase that ultimately ended with officers finding several grams of narcotics.
Around 11:32 p.m. Tuesday, officers tried to perform a traffic stop on a possibly impaired driver near the intersection of 10th Street and McClure Road in Columbus.
The driver of the vehicle ignored officers’ attempts to stop the vehicle, and led police on a pursuit.
The driver of the vehicle, 41-year-old Justin Bowles, led deputies on a chase through the northern part of town before turning off his headlights and leading police through a field.
Deputies then lost sight of Bowles, until they found his vehicle crashed into shrubs near Warren Drive and Taxiway G.
Officers set up a perimeter and deployed K-9 Frizko to find Bowles. Frizko found Bowles hiding along the fence line near the airport. Bowles was then apprehended by Frizko.
During their investigation, they found several pills, a large amount of currency, 60 grams of methamphetamine, and over 10 grams of fentanyl.
Bowles was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and then was taken to the Bartholomew County jail where he was being held on a 48-hour hold.
Bowles is facing the following charges:
- Operating while intoxicated – drugs
- Operating while intoxicated – endangerment
- Reckless driving
- Resisting a law enforcement vehicle
- Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance
- Possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance
- Possession of legend drug
- Dealing a schedule IV controlled substance
- Dealing a schedule II controlled substance
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Dealing methamphetamine
- Possession of methamphetamine
- Dealing a narcotic drug
- Possession of narcotic drug