A local man was arrested on several charges after he allegedly jumped from a moving sport utility vehicle in an effort to avoid being arrested early Friday morning. At approximately 2:45 a.m., CPD officers observed two people in a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of Carrie Lane. When officers got out with the SUV at a nearby gas station a short time later, only one person was in the vehicle. A witness reported to officers that a man jumped out of the passenger side of the moving vehicle and ran across the gas station parking lot just prior to the officers arriving.
The officers checked the area for the suspect and located him hiding behind a nearby dumpster. The suspect initially provided a false name but was later positively identified as Troy D. Morris, 48, of Columbus. Officers confirmed a parole warrant for Morris out of Kentucky for an unspecified felony offense and he was placed under arrest. The officers also located drug paraphernalia that Morris attempted to hide from the officers. Morris was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:
Obstruction of Justice, Level 6 Felony
False Informing, Class B Misdemeanor
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor
Kentucky Parole Warrant