JACKSON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for leading deputies on a chase through three counties in southern Ohio.
The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office says James Albaugh III, 24, of Licking County, stole gas from a station in Wellston on February 6. They also were able to determine the vehicle was stolen.
The theft led to a high speed chase through Jackson, Pike and Adams counties, with speeds reaching up to 100 miles per hour.
Investigators say he was finally stopped in Adams County after deputies were able to pierce his tires, causing him to wreck.
Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier said Albaugh admitted to the driving the stolen vehicle and fleeing from officers.
Albaugh was indicted a week later in Jackson County on failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and receiving stolen property.
On February 19, Albaugh appeared in court on the charges. He waived his right to be represented by counsel, pleaded guilty to both charges and wanted to be sentenced on the same day.
Judge Christopher J. Regan sentenced Albaugh to four and a half years in prison.
Albaugh was ordered to pay the costs of the action and will have to spend three years on post-release control after his prison sentence.