Hope man arrested after hour-long pursuit
Columbus, IN—A Hope man was arrested on numerous charges after he led law enforcement officers on an hour-long vehicle pursuit on Saturday evening. Shortly after 6 pm Saturday, Columbus Police Department officers responded to 25th Street 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, an 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 850 South 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 allegations of 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, Theft, and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Endangerment.