Multi-county high speed chase ends at Eastern High School


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



OHIO VALLEY — A multi-county high speed chase on Wednesday morning came to an end after the suspect crashed through a fence behind Eastern High School, according to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood.

Wood said the chase on Wednesday started in Wood County with a reportedly stolen vehicle on 19th Street in Parkersburg. The vehicle was then chased into Ohio, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Marietta Police, Belpre Police and others taking part.

As the vehicle traveled down Route 7, it crossed into Meigs County where the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office joined the efforts to stop the vehicle.

Wood said the vehicle continued down Route 7, going onto Route 33 toward Athens before turning around at Rainbow Lake Road. The vehicle then turned off Route 33 onto Route 681 going back toward Tuppers Plains.

Law enforcement tried to use spike strips but were unsuccessful with the suspect reportedly driving through yards in the area. The vehicle again got on Route 7 in Tuppers Plains heading toward Chester.

A sheriff’s cruiser was stationed just below Eastern Local Schools, which Wood said led the suspect to turn into the parking lot at the school, going around back toward the weight room. Wood said the suspect crashed through the fence and lost control. He then jumped out of the vehicle and laid on the ground where he was taken into custody.

Jason Austin was taken into custody on a nationwide warrant out of Fairfield County, as well as new charges which are likely to be filed in Meigs County and Wood County, W.Va.

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By Sarah Hawley

shawley@civitasmedia.com