Columbus man arrested for auto theft

By Mitchell Banks

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Columbus man Monday after he stole a truck pulling a trailer with a Chevrolet Camaro, according to a news release from Sheriff Rick Meyer.

David Edward Archer II, 32, was arrested on two counts of theft of a vehicle, a Level 5 felony, and unlawful carry of a handgun, also a Level 5 felony.

At approximately 5:20 a.m. Monday, officers with the sheriff’s department and Seymour Police Department responded to the 4600 block of North County Road 950E regarding a truck pulling a trailer stopped in the roadway.

Seymour Cpl. Ben Miller first arrived on scene and observed a man, later identified as Archer, passed out behind the wheel of the truck. A handgun also was located in the seat next to him.

The truck Archer had been driving and the Camaro on the trailer being pulled by the truck both were reported stolen in Bartholomew County.

Archer told officers he found the truck and trailer on the side of the road, put gas in the truck and drove off with it without permission.

He was transported to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where he was being held without bond.

In Indiana, a Level 5 felony means one to six years in prison with an advisory sentence of three years if convicted.