Officers use stun gun on man after vehicle pursuit
Last Updated: 107 days ago
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. - State police said a short early-morning pursuit this weekend landed the arrest of a Columbus man who tried to avoid being pulled over by a trooper.
An Indiana State Police (ISP) trooper said shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, he was patrolling Middle Road in Columbus when he saw a pickup truck traveling north on Middle road with very bright, white lights to the rear of the vehicle.
The trooper said he turned his car around and followed the pickup truck a short distance as it turned south onto U.S. Highway 31.
ISP said when the trooper initiated a traffic stop, the pickup accelerated and ran a stop sign at 25th Street and continued south on U.S. 31, reaching roughly 80 miles per hour before turning into a McDonald’s parking lot on National Road.
The trooper said the truck came to a stop and the driver got out, walking very quickly toward the state trooper’s vehicle even though the trooper commanded him to stop.
ISP said by this time, a Columbus Police Department officer had joined the trooper on the scene and deployed his stun gun, which brought the suspect under control.
ISP said the driver, Todd A. Harmon, 44, of Columbus, fell down after being struck by the stun gun and suffered a small cut to the head.
He was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment and once he was released, was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle (a Class D felony), operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction (a Class D felony), operating while intoxicated to endanger (a Class A misdemeanor) and reckless driving (a Class B misdemeanor).
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