Patrol pursuit ends in McComb crash

A 32-mile chase which started in Wood County ended when a vehicle hit a power pole in McComb Thursday night, according to the Bowling Green Post of the State Highway Patrol.

The chase started on Interstate 75 near Ohio 582 in Wood County at approximately 8:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the post. A trooper attempted to stop Jake Faulkner, 41, of Toledo, for a lane violation. He failed to stop and fled southbound on I-75.

The pursuit continued into Hancock County, where troopers eventually lost sight of the suspect and terminated the pursuit, the post said.

Several minutes later, a McComb police officer observed Faulkner traveling westbound on Ohio 613 at a high rate of speed, the post reported. The McComb officer attempted to stop Faulkner, who lost control and struck a utility pole along the north side of Ohio 613 near South Main Street.

Faulkner’s vehicle was disabled following the crash, and he fled the scene on foot. A female passenger, who was not injured, was taken into custody by McComb Police without incident and later released without charges.

Faulkner was later arrested without incident after being found by a Highway Patrol canine unit hiding in a residential area. He sustained minor injuries as a result of the traffic crash and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Faulkner was charged with felony fleeing and eluding and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, the post said. He was found to have numerous active warrants from multiple agencies, including a felony parole violation warrant, and he was subsequently incarcerated at the Wood County Justice Center.

Troopers were assisted by the McComb Police Department, McComb Fire Department and McComb EMS.

Power lines on the roadway prompted authorities to close sections of streets in the area until power was restored a few hours later.


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