A 29-year-old Columbus man faces numerous felony charges, including felonious assault on a police officer, failure to comply and theft, after he reportedly stole a Whitehall police cruiser following a foot chase Wednesday, Oct. 16, that originated in the city of Reynoldsburg.

At 12:40 a.m. Oct. 16, Whitehall police assisted Reynoldsburg police in a report of a 29-year-old man, whose last known address was Sullivant Avenue in west Columbus, who reportedly rammed a Reynoldsburg cruiser and fled from police.

The driver fled to the area of East Main Street and Fairway Boulevard in Whitehall, where he ran away from his car and into a wooded area, Whitehall Sgt. John Grebb said.

A short time later, the man ran back toward his vehicle, but instead got into a Whitehall cruiser and continued driving, police said.

Bexley, Columbus and Whitehall police continued the pursuit and “stop sticks” were used to disable the cruiser, flattening its tires, at East Broad Street and Grant Avenue in downtown Columbus.

Another short foot chase ensued before the man was arrested and taken to Grant Medical Center for observation. He will be charged and taken to the Franklin County jail, according to police.

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