A mile long car chase ended with a local woman being run off the road and a Columbus man behind bars. Temporarily.
51-year-old Charles Miller of 7075 Highway 69 South, was driving north when his white Mazda pick-up truck got behind a green Honda Accord, driven at a slow rate of speed.
Miller allegedly began to tailgate the woman’s vehicle and started driving erratically, weaving in and out of lanes, first speeding up and then slowing down. The woman, whose name is not being released, called E-911 and frantically told dispatchers that a man with a gun was trying to run her off the road. Dispatchers told officers that the woman was “hysterical” and Officer Stephen Kemp quickly responded, telling dispatchers to instruct the woman to pull into the Columbus Fairgrounds.
The woman stayed on the phone with dispatchers and less than a minute later, pulled into the Fairgrounds parking lot. Miller was directly behind the woman, with Officer Kemp directly behind him.
Officer Kemp slammed his cruiser in park, exited the vehicle and saw Miller reach for a handgun.
Drawing his service weapon, Kemp radioed for back up and yelled at Miller to “Drop your weapon!” Miller put down the gun and was immediately handcuffed by Officer Kemp.
Officer John Rice arrived on scene to assist Kemp as well as Lieutenant Oscar Lewis and Captain Fred Shelton.
Miller wasn’t traveling alone in his vehicle; in the front passenger seat was his driving companion, Dora, a small sized dog of an undetermined mixed breed. Dora seemed to enjoy the harrowing ride, jumping out of the truck and licking the officers. She even managed to repeatedly jump into Officer Kemp’s patrol car to check on her owner in the back seat.
When The Packet arrived on scene, Miller began yelling “I didn’t do nothing! I didn’t do nothing! That b*tch, she’s the one!”
The woman waseportedly driving at a slow rate of speed because she was on her paper route and delivering newspapers for The Commercial Dispatch.
Miller received a 1,009 dollar bond for the DUI and a 243 dollar bond for reckless driving. Dora was taken from the scene by Animal Control.0