Columbus man arrested after 115 mph police chase through Bartholomew County

Michael Walker, 23, faces several felony charges

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. - A man was arrested early Wednesday after leading Indiana State Police on a high-speed chase through Bartholomew County.

About 3:17 a.m., a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy said he saw a man drive away from a Circle K convenience store in Taylorsville. The deputy said he had prior knowledge that the man had a suspended driver's license and began following his vehicle.

Police said the man drove north on U.S.31 before the deputy attempted to pull him over.  The man ignored the deputy's signals and got onto Interstate 65.

The deputy pursued the suspect, but lost sight of the vehicle near exit 80, officials said.

Minutes later, state police spotted the suspect on County Road 800N topping speeds of 115 mph.

Columbus Police Officers put out stop sticks, but the vehicle continued on and police lost sight of the vehicle a second time.

Just before 4 a.m., a passerby told a Columbus police officer he spotted a vehicle fitting the one involved in the chase parked at the Bulldog Lanes Bowling Alley off Indianapolis Road. 

Officers set up a perimeter and saw the suspect, Michael Walker, 23, walking toward U.S. 31.

Walker was taken into custody without incident and faces charges of resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, reckless driving and driving while suspended.

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