Pickaway County OH- According to Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff deputies were involved in a multi county pursuit today. At approximately 11:27AM, Cpl. Stephen Harger and Sgt. Kyle Eveland attempted to stop a black GMC Acadia for running a red light at Pickaway Street and Watt Street in the city of Circleville. The vehicle failed to stop and Cpl. Stephen Harger initiated a pursuit.
The vehicle traveled eastbound on Watt Street and made its way to State Route 56 and continued eastbound. The vehicle exited State Route 56 at Old Tarlton Pike and at Parker Drive the vehicle slammed on its brakes trying to wreck Cpl. Harger. As Cpl. Harger went around during one of the brake checks, the black Acadia swerved to the left and struck Cpl. Harger’s cruiser taking it out of operation.
The vehicle then continued eastbound on Old Tarlton Pike with Sgt. Kyle Eveland in pursuit. The vehicle turned east onto Murlette Road and then south onto Dozer Road making its way to Valentine Road in Fairfield County. On Valentine Road the Acadia came to a stop and intentionally backed into Sgt. Eveland’s patrol vehicle causing minor damage.
Sgt. Eveland continued the pursuit onto Tarlton Road, through the village of Tarlton, and onto Moccasin Road. The Vehicle turned on Lutz Road in Hocking County, then onto Swain Road to Pine Grove Road. On Pine Grove Road the Acadia went onto a farm lane and reversed direction and attempted to hit Sgt. Eveland head on. At this point Deputy Phil Relli arrived and intercepted the vehicle back on Swain Road and the vehicle again went onto a farm lane but this time it became stuck. The driver later identified as Jason Poling, age 41, of Circleville jumped from the vehicle and took off on foot. A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Tina VanDyne of Ashville was apprehended immediately.
Deputies from Pickaway, Fairfield, and Hocking Counties, the Pickaway County Unmanned Ariel Systems Unit, along with Troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol set a perimeter around the area. After a lengthy search Poling was dropped of to deputies by a private citizen after he went to her residence and said he was broken down and asked for a ride. The citizen, who agreed to give the ride, saw numerous deputies in the area and handed Poling over to them.
Jason Poling is being charged with four counts of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, Felonies of the second degree and Fleeing and Eluding, a Felony of the fourth degree. Tina VanDyne has not been charged at this time.
Sheriff Radcliff wishes to thank the public for their assistance in this matter, and also his staff and the other jurisdictions that helped bring this incident to a safe conclusion.