Driver leads police on chase, despite medical claims

William R. Bowen. Photo courtesy of Columbus police.

A Columbus man raced away from police, despite initially claiming he was having a medical emergency when he was pulled over Tuesday night.

According to police reports, 67-year-old William R. Bowen, was originally stopped at about 10:50 p.m. last evening on Jonathan Moore Pike near the intersection with the interstate. But despite saying he was having medical problems, Bowen declined an ambulance and then sped away, police are reporting.

Police chased Bowen down Jonesville Road until he lost control and crashed near County Road 550S. His car went down an embankment and stopped in a corn field.

He was arrested and is facing preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, intimidation and reckless driving.