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A Springfield man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly hid from police in an attic before leading them on a foot chase and was later found with loaded handguns and drugs.

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Christopher L. Culberson, 38, is facing four counts of having weapons while under disability and one count each of drug trafficking, drug possession and resisting arrest, according to court records. Culberson pleaded innocent in the Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday and bond was set at $77,000.

Springfield Police Division officers were called to a home in the 2000 block of Sturgeon Street on a welfare check at about 9 am. Tuesday, according to a police report. Police were told Culberson, who had two active warrants in Springfield and other out-of-state warrants, was in the home with a woman he knows, the report said.

Officers knocked on the door and saw Culberson in the home before calling for assistance. Officers later heard movement in an attached garage. After entering the home, police searched every room except the attic, which was accessible through an extension ladder in the garage.

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An officer entered the attic and found Culberson hiding under insulation in the garage. The officer pointed his gun at Culberson, who later kicked out the side of the house and jumped outside and began running.

A half hour later, five officers began searching the area and found Culberson in the backyard of a home in the 200 block of Corlington Drive. An officer attempted to deploy his Taser, but was not able to make a good connection. Two officers continued to chase Culberson and were able to put him in handcuffs.

Officers later searched the home and found a backpack with two loaded handguns, heroin, fentanyl and marijuana.

Culberson remains in the Clark County Jail.

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