At approximately 6:20 p.m., Columbus Police officers responded to the 4000 block of 25th Street in regards to a tow truck driver who was attempting to recover a 2011 Toyota Highlander that was not returned after a test drive in Indianapolis.
When the tow truck driver approached the vehicle in question, the driver, 28-year-old Aaron S. Wiley, sped away and struck the tow truck driver’s assistant. The man struck by the vehicle was not seriously injured.
A short time later, a Columbus Police officer observed Wiley and attempted to pull the vehicle over. Wiley refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued.
During the hour-long pursuit, Wiley struck multiple tire deflation devices as he traveled into Jackson County and back into Bartholomew County.
The pursuit ended when Wiley drove into a farm field near County Road 850 South in Jonesville and he was taken into custody.
Wiley was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for a medical evaluation and then transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following charges: leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, criminal mischief, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, intimidation, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment.
Assisting law enforcement agencies included deputies from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police Troopers and deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.