A driver was arrested after he and a passenger fled from police during a traffic stop near a local middle school.
A Columbus Police Department officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near Sixth and Smith streets at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle refused to pull over and attempted to evade the officer, said Lt. Matt Harris, CPD spokesman.
The suspect, later identified as Shawn P. Wainscott, 37, of 717½ Reed St., then traveled west on Seventh Street at a high rate of speed where it sideswiped a 2015 Nissan Ultima driven by Thorn M. Murphy, 29, Columbus. Murphy’s vehicle was traveling east in the 700 block of Seventh Street near Central Middle School, Harris said. Murphy was not injured.