Columbus man faces charges after police chase, crash

Jason S Lazzell; photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

A Columbus man was arrested after he allegedly fled from police after crashing his vehicle during a chase early Sunday morning. At approximately 12:20 a.m., Columbus Police tried to stop a minivan that appeared to be falsely registered. Authorities say the driver, 44-year-old Jason S. Lazell, refused to stop and tried to flee from officers. A short time later, Lazell lost control of his vehicle and struck a curb at 17th Street and National Road, flipping the minivan on its side.

As officers approached the minivan, Lazell allegedly exited the minivan and fled on foot. He was apprehended and arrested moments later. While searching Lazell, officers reported finding a small bag of methamphetamine in his clothing.

Lazell’s passenger, 47-year-old Timothy K. David, of Columbus, sustained a head injury in the crash and was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital. His condition is not known.

Lazell was also transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where officers obtained a search warrant for a blood test. Upon his discharge, Lazell was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour hold on the following preliminary charges:

  • Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle (Level 5 Felony)
  • Resisting Law Enforcement (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)
  • Criminal Recklessness (Level 6 Felony)
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Level 6 Felony)
  • Driving While Suspended Prior (Level 6 Felony)

CPD says the investigation is ongoing.