The subject is now in Fayette County Jail
A Pickaway County man is incarcerated in the Fayette County Jail after fleeing in a vehicle from deputies at high speeds earlier Thursday evening in a pursuit that covered several miles of roadway throughout two townships. The incident began at 6:24 p.m. on U.S. #22 SE in Union Township in Fayette County. The suspect, identified as Timothy Landman, Age 51 of New Holland, Ohio was taken into custody without incident at 9:15 p.m. by deputies from Fayette & Pickaway counties.
According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, Sheriff’s deputy Jon Fausnaugh was patrolling U.S. #22 SE near Country Manor Drive when a vehicle, later identified as a 2002 Chrysler Town & Country van, passed Fausnaugh’s patrol car within the intersection of Country Manor Drive at a speed exceeding the posted limit. Deputy Fausnaugh conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Bogus Road on U.S. #22 SE. During contact with the driver (Landman), Deputy Fausnaugh detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage and also found that Landman was not a licensed driver. After Deputy Fausnaugh informed the driver that he was being placed under arrest, the driver re-entered the vehicle and fled.
"The deputy pursued the vehicle over several miles of highway before the driver drove the vehicle off the roadway, down a farm lane and exited the vehicle fleeing on foot into a heavily wooded area", said Stanforth. Sheriff’s K-9 units from Fayette and Pickaway counties responded to the area to conduct a search while deputies established a perimeter. Following a search by the K-9 units, deputies were unable to locate the driver.
Approximately 9:15 p.m., Sheriff’s Detective Phil Brown observed a subject matching the description of the suspect walking east on W. Front Street in the Village of New Holland. With the assistance of the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, the subject was checked, positively identified as the suspect involved in the incident, and taken into custody without incident.
Landman was transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with Fleeing & Eluding, O.V.I., and Driving under Suspension. Landman is also being held on an active arrest warrant from the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas stemming from his failure to appear for a hearing stemming from unpaid child support. Landman will be arraigned on Monday, January 28, 2013 before the Washington Court House Municipal Court stemming from the traffic charges. Additional charges may be filed in the incident following consultation with the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office.