Marysville Police Officer Paul Lewis is pictured in Officer Jayson Nichols’ dash cam photo on Monday. Lewis was nearly struck by a vehicle (right) driven by alleged robbery suspect Jeremy Lindsey as he allegedly fled the scene.
A Newark man is behind bars this morning following an alleged attempted robbery and police chase Monday.
According to court documents, Jeremy Dean Lindsey, 21, of Newark, has been charged with fleeing and eluding, assault on a peace officer and theft. Lindsey was arraigned this morning and his bond has been set at $100,000.
Additionally, he is being held in the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg on a holder for Franklin County.
About 1:41 p.m., Monday, Marysville Division of Police was contacted about an alleged theft in progress at the Meijer store, 930 Coleman’s Crossing Boulevard. According to law enforcement officials, Lindsey was able to steal cell phones from the store. Officials said he was not armed at the time of the alleged theft.
“As officers arrived on scene the suspect ran to his vehicle and attempted to flee the scene in it,” according to a statement from Tony Brooks, Marysville Division of Police deputy chief. “While attempting to flee, the suspect struck several parked vehicles, including two Marysville PD cruisers and nearly struck the two MPD officers, who were outside of their vehicles at that time.”
Brooks said no officers were injured but added, “I would characterize it as a very close call.”
Lindsey allegedly fled through the parking lot in a grey Ford Escape. He drove into a nearby field then onto Industrial Parkway, south of Coleman’s Crossing Boulevard.
Officers from Marysville along with deputies from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol chased Lindsey. The pursuit continued south on Industrial Parkway into the City of Dublin and Franklin County.
Brooks said chase speeds reached more than 100 miles per hour in rural areas, but not in populated areas.
As he got into a residential area in Dublin, the suspect crashed his vehicle in the area of Eiterman Road and Dalmore Lane. Following the crash, Lindsey fled on foot.
Officials from a variety of law enforcement agencies, including a canine from the Columbus Police Department searched for the driver.
Brooks said, “a local golfer saw him hiding under a willow tree and alerted officers.”
He said Lindsey was “arrested without incident” by the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 3:12 p.m.
“There was a dog inside the car during this pursuit, which was uninjured,” Brooks said. “We transported the dog to the Human Society.”
Lindsey was taken to the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg. Additional charges are pending and the case remains under investigation.
Officials said they do not know how or why Lindsey came to Marysville. Brooks did not give details but said Lindsey does have a criminal history including a warrant out of Columbus/Franklin County.
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