MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio — One man is custody following a pursuit and standoff in and around Covington.
The incident began when a man was allegedly stealing gas in Darke County according to our partners with the Piqua Daily Call.
The chase entered Miami County on US Route 36 where it became a stop-and start-pursuit that lasted several hours. Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies repeatedly deployed stop sticks in attempt to stop the suspect, but he was able to avoid them each time.
The vehicle was stopped on State Route 48 at Klinger Road where a stand-off ensued that lasted more than an hour. The driver then took off again, driving down Klinger Road and Rangeline Road before making his way back into Covington. He stopped for short periods of time during the chase.
A majority of the pursuit was with speeds of only between 8-10 mph.
Law enforcement officials said they were unsure as to the reason for the man running and have reason to believe he may be suffering from mental health issues.
Bystanders watching the events unfold remarked at the restraint used by officers during the incident. Major Steve Lord of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office said that since the majority of the incident. “We don’t want to see anybody get hurt,” said Lord, “If he is having a metal episode, patience is the key.”
When the slow-speed pursuit entered Covington around 9 p.m., officers made the call to stop the vehicle when it entered a populated area. The subject was apprehended at the north end of Covington on State Route at the north corporation limit when officers broke one of the windows of the suspect’s vehicle to gain entry to force the suspect to stop. The suspect was then taken into custody without further incident.
No one was injured in the incident and it remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.
Lord said that the man was going to be treated for minor injuries and will undergo a mental evaluation.
Deputies will present the case upon final investigation to the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office to determine what criminal charges may be filed.
The Covington, Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Miami County Sheriff’s Office all provided help in the event.