Franklin man leads police on pursuit

A Franklin man was arrested after a police pursuit in Columbus.

Columbus police were called about a man slumped over in a vehicle just after 7 a.m. Wednesday and found Richard A. McKee, 32, of Franklin, locked inside the car, Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman, said.

McKee refused to open the vehicle door and sped off, leading police in a chase on U.S. 31 before he drove into a cornfield, got out and ran, Harris said.

Officers caught up with McKee, and he was arrested. One officer was slightly injured and was treated and released from the hospital.

McKee was arrested on two Bartholomew County warrants and a Marion County warrant and charges of resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, resisting law enforcement, possession of a syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, criminal recklessness and invasion of privacy, Harris said. He was released Wednesday from the Bartholomew County Jail, according to jail officials.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.