Columbus Police arrest man who hit police cruisers, hid in a tree

Keith Johnston

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Division of Police says officers arrested a 23-year-old who reportedly hit two police vehicles and fled before hiding in a tree.

According to a post on the division’s Facebook page, officers located a stolen vehicle on Vanderburg Avenue on Friday at 3:39am. The driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Keith Johnston, reportedly revved the engine and hit a police cruiser. He then reversed the vehicle and hit another police car.

As he was fleeing the scene, police say, Johnston hit a parked car. Police say the stolen vehicle was recovered at the intersection of Vanderburg Ave. and Anthony Dr. Johnston was arrested shortly thereafter, hiding inside a tree.

He was charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing, and driving without a operator’s license. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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