Columbus man arrested after jumping from SUV

A local man was arrested on several charges after he allegedly jumped from a moving vehicle in an effort to avoid being arrested early Friday morning. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that at approximately 2:45 a.m., officers observed two people in a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of Carrie Lane. When officers got out with the SUV at a nearby gas station a short time later, only one person was in the vehicle. A witness told officers that a man jumped out of the passenger side of the moving vehicle and ran across the gas station parking lot just prior to police arriving.

Harris says that officers checked the area for the suspect and found him hiding behind a dumpster. He says the suspect initially gave a false name, but was later identified as 48-year-old Troy D. Morris, of Columbus. Officers confirmed that Morris was wanted on a Kentucky warrant and placed under arrest. Police also reported finding drug paraphernalia that Morris tried to hide from the officers. In addition to the outstanding warrant, Morris was arrested on preliminary charges of Obstruction of Justice, False Informing and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.