JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) – Two Jackson, Ohio Police Department cruisers suffered significant damage during a pursuit Thursday night
The chase began in the parking lot of the Walmart in Jackson, and ended just over the Jackson County line in Scioto County.
Jackson Assistant Police Chief Maria Urbie says Quentin Havens, 34, of Beaver, was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, assault on a police officer, as well as numerous traffic charges that happened during the pursuit.
Urbie says the pursuit began because Havens’ vehicle had both expired and fictitious tags.
The officers also believed there were chemicals in the vehicle that could be used to make meth.
The 17 mile pursuit reached speeds of more that 60 miles per hour, according to a news release.
Urbie says Oak Hill Police Officers were able to slow Havens' vehicle using stop sticks at the intersection of SR 139 and SR 279.
Jackson Police were then able to end the pursuit on SR 139 just over the Scioto County line when Havens hit his brakes and a Jackson police cruiser rear-ended his vehicle. Both vehicles came to a stop in an open field just off the highway.
Urbie says the Jackson cruiser had heavy damage. The officer was treated and released at a local hospital.
A second Jackson Police cruiser was also damaged and disabled during the pursuit when officers tried to block Havens' vehicle with their vehicles. The officer and his K-9 were not hurt.
Urbie says Havens has lengthy criminal history. He is being held in the Jackson County Jail.