Man arrested after high-speed chase

A man was arrested after police said he led them on a high-speed chase Saturday morning in Greenwood.

Tyler Spears, 21, Indianapolis, was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a restricted drug injection device, criminal recklessness and an out of county warrant.

A Greenwood police officer stopped Spears’ vehicle on County Lane Road near Madison Avenue around 10 a.m. for a seat belt violation, a Greenwood Police Department report said. Spears initially stopped, but then made a U-turn and sped away on County Line Road, weaving in and out of both lanes and narrowly missed a pedestrian after swerving onto the sidewalk, the report said.

The pursuit continued north on Madison Avenue, with Spears driving through red lights, before turning into a parking lot. Spears’ vehicle struck Southport Church of Christ, and Spears got out and ran into a nearby neighborhood, the report said.

Police dogs were called out to search for Spears, who was found in the basement of an abandoned house about a half-mile away, the report said.

An officer had to use a Taser on Spears after he refused to cooperate. A needle and drugs were found inside the car, the report said.

Spears, 1616 Gattling Court, was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was held on $4,400 bond.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.