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Waverly man in custody after chase


Trish Bennett, Editor

A South Bloomfield cruiser blocks the scene where a chase ended Friday afternoon on Cromley Road. (Photo courtesy of Michael W. Moore)

ASHVILLE – A Waverly man is being held in the Pickaway County Jail after taking a state trooper on a chase Friday afternoon from U.S. Route 23 into the Ashville area.

Jacob Thompson, 23, of Waverly, is charged with failure to comply with the lawful order of a police officer, possession of a Schedule III substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with citations for speeding and driving under suspension, according to Trooper Jeff McNamara, Ohio State Highway Patrol.

McNamara said Thompson’s Chevrolet sedan was identified by an OSHP plane in an air speed zone for traveling in excess of the 60 mile per hour speed limit on U.S. Route 23 near North Court Street.

As McNamara activated his lights and attempted a traffic stop, Thompson reportedly sped up in an attempt to elude the trooper.

McNamara said speeds reached about 100 miles per hour during the chase, which took Thompson onto Little Walnut Road and Cromley Road before engine problems forced him to stop the vehicle.

Thompson then reportedly fled from the vehicle on foot, heading westbound into a field south of the Cromley Road bridge.

“I chased and eventually caught him,” McNamara said. “He surrendered and was taken into custody without much incident after that.”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by units from South Bloomfield Police, Ashville Police and the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal

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