Columbus Police arrest man after vehicle pursuit

Benjamin J Perry; photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

A Georgetown, Indiana man was arrested Thursday afternoon after a vehicle pursuit on State Street. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that at 5:45 p.m., officers saw 36-year-old Benjamin J. Perry driving west on State Street. The officers noted that Perry had two warrants for his arrest and attempted to stop him. Harris says that Perry refused to pull over and continued traveling west on State Street, eventually stopping in the 3000 block of State Street where a high risk traffic stop was conducted. Authoities say that Perry initially ignored the officers’ commands to show his hands. A short time later, however, Perry exited the vehicle and was taken into custody. While searching Perry’s vehicle, officers allegedly found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

In addition to two outstanding Bartholomew County warrants, Perry was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle, Operating a Vehicle as a Habitual Traffic Violator for Life, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.