Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department
Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department

Press Release

A Hope man was arrested on numerous charges after he led local law enforcement officers on an hour long vehicle pursuit on Saturday evening.

At approximately 6:20 p.m., CPD officers responded to the 4000 block of 25th Street in Columbus in regards to a tow truck driver who was attempting to recover a sport utility vehicle that was not returned from a test drive in Indianapolis. When the tow truck driver approached the vehicle in question, the driver, later identified as Aaron S. Wiley, 28, sped away striking the tow truck driver’s assistant.

The man struck by the vehicle was not seriously injured.

A short time later, a CPD officer observed Wiley and attempted to stop him, however, he refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued. During the hour-long pursuit, Wiley struck multiple tire deflation devises in the 2011 Toyota Highlander as he traveled into Jackson County and back into Bartholomew County.

The pursuit ended when Wiley drove into a farm field near County Road 850S in Jonesville and he was taken into custody.

Wiley was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for jail clearance and later remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Injury (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Resisting Law Enforcement (Level 6 Felony)
  • Criminal Recklessness (Class B Misdemeanor)
  • Criminal Mischief (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Two Counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Class B Misdemeanor)
  • Intimidation (Level 6 Felony)
  • Theft (Level 6 Felony)
  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Endangerment (Class A Misdemeanor)
Assisting Law Enforcement Agencies: Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

Criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.