Stolen City Van Overturns, Closing I-70 East Near Brice Road


UPDATED: Wednesday June 19, 2013 4:00 PM

Police shut down Interstate 70 eastbound on the east side Wednesday morning because of a rollover crash involving a stolen city vehicle.

According to 10TV News crews on the scene, a van with a City of Columbus license plate that read Columbus Water Operations overturned on the highway at about 10 a.m.

Police said that the vehicle was stolen while a water department employee was working at a pumping station at Hamilton Road and Dundee Avenue.

Police said that a man, identified as Darius L. Nickerson, got into the vehicle and drove away.

A motorcycle officer was in the area at the time of the theft and followed Nickerson, who entered I-70.

Nickerson lost control of the vehicle and overturned. He was uninjured in the crash.

Nickerson has been charged with receiving stolen property, failure to control, reckless operation and operating without a license.

He also had warrants out for disorderly conduct and drunken-driving.

He currently is being held at the Franklin County Jail.

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