PICKAWAY – A man who took half the county law enforcement agencies on a run, and then after being bailed out did the same thing in Ross county was found guilty this week.
On Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 9:30pm a Deputy along with units from the South Bloomfield Police Department were involved in pursuit of a silver Ford Taurus with no registration acting suspiciously in the area. The suspect was able to avoid capture.
Approximately three hours later the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Pickaway County Sheriff Dispatch Center and advised a vehicle with the same description was acting suspiciously in the area of the village of Tarlton.
Corporal Kyle Eveland and his K-9 partner Edguy who were in the earlier pursuit drove to the area and saw the suspect vehicle being operated on Old Tarlton Pike in Pickaway County. The male driver of the vehicle then sped away from the Corporal Eveland westbound on Old Tarlton Pike. Corporal Eveland was able to get a look at the suspect and noticed numerous tattoos around his neck and a short haircut.
The pursuit continued through the city of Circleville and onto US 23 where the suspect vehicle went northbound in the southbound lanes at speeds over 90 MPH. The suspect then crossed the median at Deercreek Auto Parts where it soon struck guardrails on the east and west sides of the roadway. At Mile Post 12 on US 23 units from the Circleville Post of the Highway Patrol clocked the suspect at 105 MPH. The South Bloomfield Police Department deployed Stop Sticks in the area of the Circleville Highway Patrol Post but the suspect crossed the median avoiding them. As the pursuing Deputy crossed the median he became stuck in a low area. The suspect vehicle continued into a driveway just north of the Highway Patrol Post where the driver fled on foot.
Pickaway County Corporal Kyle Eveland along with Deputy Lance Canterbury soon deployed K-9 Edguy for a track. Approximately 60 yards from the vehicle Edguy located the suspects shoes, but the track was lost soon after.
At approximately 8:36 AM on Sunday, August 9th, 2020 other deputies, the South Bloomfield Police Department, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit were dispatched to the area of Cooks Creek Golf Course on the report of a suspicious person matching the description of the suspect from the pursuit. Citizens in the area reported the suspect was walking on cart paths on the golf course. Each time the suspect was located in the area of the golf course he fled on foot.
At 11:30AM the same day the suspect was seen along State Route 104 in the area of West Ford Road. As Deputies arrived they saw the suspect on State Route 316 just west of State Route 104 where he was approached but again fled. A Taser was deployed and made contact but the suspect was able to pull out the probes and continue fleeing.
A short time later a helicopter from the Ohio State Highway Patrol located the suspect hiding in a junk pile behind a residence on Gibson Road where he was taken into custody.
The suspect was identified as 25 year old Jeremy L. Bowen out of Columbus. Bowen was charged with Failure to Comply with the Order of a Police Officer, Receiving Stolen Property, Speeding, Operating a Vehicle with No License, Failure to Control, and Not Obeying Traffic Control Devices. Bowen was also found to have active warrants out of Fayette and Marion Counties.
Bowen was found guilty in Pickaway county for Felony Fleeing and Eluding, and Receiving Stolen Property. He received 18 months in prison and a 10 year ODL suspension.
He will now face charges of failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, a first-degree felony, and felonious assault, a third-degree felony in Ross County when the same man took much of Ross county on a high speed chase just a few weeks later. During that run he struck a Chillicothe police officer vehicle disabling it while the officer was inside.