Man eventually arrested after Central Avenue standoff

Marty G. Peek

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Several local law enforcement officers were eventually able to arrest an Indiana man on Wednesday, around 12:25 p.m., after a 25-minute standoff. The incident began when an Indiana State Police trooper observed a Dodge Truck traveling approximately 2-3 miles per hour on Second Street in Columbus.

Officers from the Columbus Police Department (CPD) arrived a short time later and attempted to stop the driver, who was later identified as Marty G. Peek, 34, of Shoals. CPD says the suspect was screaming at passing cars and refused to pull his truck over. Peek also allegedly swerved his vehicle and almost hit a police car. The truck finally stopped in the 500 block of Central Avenue.

Patrolmen conducted a high-risk traffic stop, but Peek supposedly refused to exit his vehicle. After a 25-minute stalemate, officers approached the truck, Tasered the suspect, and took him into custody. Peek was transported to Columbus Regional Health for medical clearance and then taken to Bartholomew County Jail. He was booked on one felony charge of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, plus misdemeanor charges of obstructing traffic, resisting law enforcement, and reckless driving.

The Indiana State Police and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Columbus Police Department.

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