Chase leads to crash in Bartholomew County; 2 arrested after drugs found

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Thomas Childers (left) and Chad Mitchell (right)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (Feb. 11, 2016) – Two people were arrested after a police chase led to a crash and the discovery of drugs in Bartholomew County.

Officers tried to stop Thomas Childers Jr., 32, in his vehicle around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on State Street. Police said Childers wouldn’t pull over and led police on a chase before crashing into a parked vehicle in the 400 block of Pence Street.

He got out of the car and ran to a home where he was taken into custody after struggling with officers. Inside the home, police saw drugs in open view. After obtaining a search warrant, investigators found heroin, 15 hypodermic needles, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a stolen computer.

Childers was arrested on several charges:

  • Bartholomew County Circuit Court Warrant: Dealing in a narcotic drug (two counts)
  • Resisting law enforcement on foot
  • Resisting law enforcement by vehicle
  • Driving while suspended with prior conviction
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a legend drug injection device
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

In addition to Childers, police also arrested a second man, Chad Mitchell, 40, on a preliminary charge of maintaining a common nuisance.

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