LIMA — A man who led authorities on an hour-long chase throughout the Lima area early Monday at speeds topping 100 mph is facing local charges in addition to existing warrants for his arrest from Shelby and Auglaize counties.
At approximately 2:36 a.m. Monday, an Allen County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to execute a traffic stop on a driver for failing to signal a turn. The vehicle’s operator, later identified as Jonathan Ray Owens, 26, of St. Marys, immediately accelerated the vehicle and led multiple officers on an approximately one-hour pursuit through the Lima area.
At one point Owens entered Interstate 75 traveling in excess of 100 mph, according to a statement from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. Later in the pursuit, spike strips were deployed and were effective, however Owens refused to stop the vehicle for several more minutes. He eventually stopped in the 500 block of West Elm Street but fled on foot. He was eventually apprehended by a Lima Police Department K9 officer but continued to struggle with officers until being placed in handcuffs.
Owens was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries suffered during the incident and later transported to the Allen County jail, where he was booked for failure to comply with the order and signal of a police officer.
During the follow-up investigation, it was learned that Owens has misdemeanor and felony warrants through the Sidney Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing, and additional criminal charges are possible.