A 12-year-old runaway girl from Jacksonville, Florida and a 19-year-old man were arrested early Saturday morning in Bartholomew County after allegedly stealing an SUV and crashing it near Mill Race Park.
According to Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus police were called to the scene of a crash on Interstate 65 at about 4:20 a.m. A good Samaritan had stopped to assist the accident victims and instead had his SUV stolen.
Deputies began pursuing the vehicle, which left the interstate, and came down U.S. 31. Officers stopped the vehicle in Taylorsville, but the driver took off again, ran over stop sticks placed by Columbus police near Lowell Road and eventually crashed at the roundabout near Mill Race Park. The man and girl allegedly tried to flee through the Mill Race Center parking lot where they were arrested.
19 year old Rodolfo Gonzales Ramirez, of West Palm Beach, Florida was arrested on preliminary felony charges including auto theft, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle. Misdemeanor charges include criminal recklessness involving the use of a vehicle, resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident.