Auto-theft suspect subdued with Taser

Melvin Foree. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Columbus police say that they subdued an auto theft suspect with a Taser Sunday afternoon after he allegedly ran from police.

The incident starts at about 4:55 p.m. yesterday afternoon when a man asked a resident for a drink of water in the 400 block of Center Street, then jumped into the man’s pickup, taking it and an attached trailer.

The suspect, 37-year-old Melvin G. Foree was found inside a nearby fast food restaurant on Third Street according to police reports. Foree is accused of throwing a soda at police and then running away. The stolen truck and trailer were returned to the owner.

Foree is facing preliminary charges including resisting law enforcement, auto theft and theft.