Albany woman sentenced for fleeing police

Staff Report

POMEROY — An Albany woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for fleeing from law enforcement last summer.

Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley announced, in a news release, that on Tuesday, Jacqueline Wilson, 32, of Albany, Ohio, was sentenced to 36 months in prison for Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer, a felony of the third degree.

Wilson was also sentenced to five years of community control with 36 months as an underlying prison sentence for an unrelated Tampering with Evidence conviction, also a felony of the third degree. As part of community control, Wilson was ordered to successfully complete the residential program at STAR Community Justice Center, which is a community-based correction facility in Franklin Furnace, Ohio, used as an alternative to prison to rehabilitate non-violent, felony offenders.

According to the news release from Stanley, on July 16, 2019, Wilson fled at a high rate of speed from a Middleport Police Department officer attempting to stop her for a stop sign violation. The pursuit began on Seventh Street and ended on Park Street where Wilson crashed into a utility pole, the impact of which broke the pole in half. During the course of the pursuit, Wilson failed to stop at numerous stop signs, traveled at a high rate of speed, went airborne while crossing General Hartinger Parkway, and nearly struck another vehicle. Wilson’s infant child was in an improperly secured car seat and slid back and forth in the back seat of the vehicle during the pursuit. The officer was unaware an infant was in the vehicle until after Wilson crashed her vehicle and then fled on foot while carrying the child. Wilson was apprehended and charged with numerous misdemeanor traffic violations, including Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence as Wilson had methamphetamine and buprenorphine in her system.

On October 9, 2019, while at the Meigs County Department of Job & Family Services, Wilson tampered with evidence by attempting to fake a drug screen with a bottle of yellow liquid believed to be urine of another individual.

The Middleport Police Department investigated the Failure to Comply case and was assisted by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and the Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The Meigs County Department of Job & Family Services and the Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office investigated the Tampering with Evidence case.

Information provided by the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office.

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