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Man faces multiple drug charges after chase, crash

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) – A Bartholomew County man was arrested on multiple charges this week after police say he led officers on a chase.

It happened around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers say they tried to stop 32-year-old Thomas E. Childers on State Street. They say he refused to pull over and led officers on a pursuit before eventually crashing into a parked vehicle on Pence Street. Childers got out of the car and ran into a house where he was taken into custody after a struggle with officers.

While inside the home, officers say they saw drugs in plain view. A search warrant was obtained by detectives who later found about two grams of heroin, 15 hypodermic needles, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a stolen computer inside the house.

Childers is facing a number of preliminary charges including resisting law enforcement, possession of heroin and marijuana, reckless driving and two warrants out of Bartholomew County for dealing. Police also arrested 40-year-old Chad A. Mitchell on a preliminary charge of maintaining a common nuisance.

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