Man indicted for leading police chase


A Marion man who led police on a brief chase in a stolen vehicle July 15 was indicted Friday on several charges, including theft.

Billy Eugene Davis, 32, of Marion, was in the Delaware County Jail when he was indicted by a Delaware County grand jury on charges of failure to comply, a third-degree felony; theft, a fourth-degree felony; resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor; and two counts of criminal damaging, second-degree misdemeanors.

Court documents indicate the criminal damaging charges stem from Davis causing damage to All Season Storage property and Champion Feed property.

An arraignment in Delaware County Common Pleas Court has not been scheduled.

Delaware police report they received a call July 15 at 8:20 p.m. about a reckless driver in the area of West Central Avenue and Euclid Avenue. When police arrived in the area, they saw the pick-up truck on East Central and obtained the license plate number.

After researching the plate number and registration, police learned the vehicle had been stolen from Marion.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of East Central Avenue and East William Street but the Davis fled east on U.S. 36/State Route 37 at a high speed.

The chase lasted about 90 seconds, police report, until the man crashed the truck into a fence at All Season Storage. He then fled on foot into a nearby cornfield.

Police say they established a perimeter and began to search the area.

The man was seen climbing up an embankment to the railroad bed in the area. When confronted, Davis allegedly picked up a piece of wood and threatened Officer Jonathan Weirich and failed to follow commands. Weirich subdued Davis with a Taser device and took him into custody.

Police reported that the whole incident lasted 26 minutes. Several area local law enforcement agencies assisted Delaware police.


By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG

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