COLUMBUS, Ind. — A wanted man was arrested Wednesday, after stealing a car and leading police on a chase through Columbus.
At around 3:45 p.m., Columbus police officers saw 23-year-old David A. Compton, inside a car traveling on Central Avenue. Officers were able to stop the car, and as they approached, Compton climbed over to the driver’s seat and pushed the driver partially out of the car.
Compton then quickly accelerated the car, dragging the previous driver for a short distance.
A chase began, which lasted several minutes. During the chase, Compton ignored traffic signals and stop signs, drove on sidewalks, drove across a pedestrian bridge near Hamilton Center and traveled the wrong way on city streets to escape police.
Compton eventually drove between two houses near Jolinda Drive, and crashed through a fence. Compton then ran off on foot.
A K-9 later found Compton hiding inside of a trash can.
Compton was taken to the hospital for treatment, before being transported to the Bartholomew County Jail. He faces the following preliminary charges: Indiana Parole Warrant, Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Auto Theft, Robbery, Criminal Recklessness, and Two County of Leaving the Scene of an Accident.