ROSS – A man that fled authorities and led them on a high speed chase throughout Ross county will be indicted by Ross County Grand Jury.
Jeremy L. Bowen, 25, of 143 Wisconsin Ave., Columbus, was indicted on charges of failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, a first-degree felony, and felonious assault, a third-degree felony.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on August 23 when Ross County Deputies attempted to stop Bowen in a stolen car. Bowen then took off on a high speed chase that went from Route 41, Ohio 28, US 50 on the west side of Ross county eventually finding his way into the city of Chillicothe where he struck a Chillicothe police officer vehicle disabling it. He then took off on US-23 Southbound lanes driving north, he eventually crashed the car on River road and took off on foot by deputies. Bowen escaped capture that night but was captured by authorities a few days later.
If convicted of all his charges Bowen faces between 9 and 11 years in prison.
This isnt the first time that Bowen has led police on a high speed chase either.
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 is still facing charges in Pickaway county for this incident also.