Car chase leads to arrest of Franklin man

Richard A McKee; photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

A Franklin man was arrested after he led Columbus police officers on a pursuit Wednesday morning. Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman, says that shortly after 7 a.m., officers were initially dispatched to a parking lot in the 700 block of Whitfield Drive in regards to a man slumped over inside a car. Harris says that when officers arrived, they observed the man and drug paraphernalia inside the locked vehicle. Police say the suspect, 32-year-old Richard A. McKee, refused to open the vehicle’s door and sped off. The officers pursued McKee as he exited the parking lot on to 10th Street. He then turned south on US 31, then west on Base Road where he drove into a cornfield. Moments later McKee allegedly fled from the car on foot. He was apprehended a short time later.

Harris says that one officer was slightly injured while arresting McKee. He was later treated and released. McKee was taken to Columbus Regional Health for a blood draw before being booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement on Foot, Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Criminal Recklessness and Invasion of Privacy. Police say that McKee was also wanted on warrants out of Bartholomew and Marion counties.