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GUILTY – Man Who Fled Law Enforcement Sentenced to Prison


Pickaway County – A man who fled several agencies has now been sentenced to prison

A traffic stop on December 15th, 2023 near the Circleville Holiday Inn Express escalated into a high-speed chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

The Incident:

  • Around 7:18 PM, 2023 a Pickaway County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over a Buick Enclave.
  • The driver, later identified as Jesse W. Harmon, fled northbound on US-23, reaching speeds exceeding 100 mph.
  • Dispatch was notified, and officers from various departments, including the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, South Bloomfield Police, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, collaborated to stop the vehicle safely.


  • South Bloomfield Police successfully deployed spike strips, causing damage to all four tires of the fleeing vehicle.
  • Despite slowed speed, the suspect continued driving and struck at least four other vehicles.
  • Unaware of the initial success, Pickaway County deployed a second set of spike strips near Weigand Road.
  • The vehicle, now smoking heavily, continued into Franklin County before Mr. Harmon surrendered peacefully.

Charges and Outcome:

  • Mr. Harmon was arrested and taken to Pickaway County Jail.
  • He was found to have at least three outstanding warrants, including one felony, from Grove City Police, Gahanna Police, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.


This week Jesse W. Harmon, 30 of Parson Ave in Columbus was found guilty of Felony Fleeing & Eluding, Criminal Damaging or Endangering. The Defendant has been sentenced to 24 months in prison, $3,628.42 restitution, 10 year ODL suspension

This incident highlights the collaborative efforts of various law enforcement agencies in ensuring public safety and apprehending individuals with outstanding warrants.