A 25-year-old man was arrested by the Hilliard Division of Police on Jan. 12 after he crashed a vehicle near the elevated parking lot at Staples, 3939 Trueman Blvd., onto the sidewalk below.

A passenger in the vehicle whom the driver would identify only as “my dude” remained unknown Jan. 14, said Andrea Litchfield, a police spokeswoman.

A Hilliard officer attempted to stop the driver at 4:52 p.m. Jan. 12 because the vehicle had a license plate that did not match the description of the vehicle, she said.

The driver was going northbound on Trueman and pulled into the parking lot of Staples, Litchfield said.

As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver took off through the parking lot, she said.

The officer did not pursue the driver and did not activate lights or sirens because the offense did not warrant a pursuit, according to division policy, Litchfield said.

As the officer was exiting the parking lot, the officer saw the vehicle crash though a retaining wall at the east end of the parking lot.

The driver and a passenger fled from the vehicle.

The driver was found hiding inside a local business, Litchfield said.

A Columbus Division of Police helicopter and a Hilliard police K-9 unit searched for the passenger, who was not located, she said.

The driver refused to identify the passenger, Litchfield said.

The driver has no permanent address, according to Hilliard police, and he was wanted on a warrant for felony identity theft from Delaware County.

Charges of failure to comply with police are expected, Litchfield said.




Original story:

The Hilliard Division of Police said a person fled from a vehicle that crashed near the parking lot of Staples, 3939 Trueman Blvd., late in the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 12.

An officer initiated a traffic stop on Trueman Boulevard at about 4:50 p.m. but the driver fled, said officer Anthony Agosta.

The driver appeared to mistake the location of a driveway and drove the car over an embankment, Agosta said.

A Columbus Division of Police helicopter assisted in the search.

Hilliard officers found the driver hiding behind buildings on Trueman Boulevard, Agosta said.

As of 5:30 p.m., the passenger had not been located.