No formal charges had been filed against Ricky Crawford, 42, of Wells Township, Wednesday.
Crawford was being held, though; in the Jefferson County Jail, “It was worth the time that was invested during the standoff, which was over 2 hours, to get him to comply and give himself up. Which he did ultimately and nobody was hurt, and that’s the most important thing. The charges and whatnot, we can get those dealed out, but that’s the most important thing, nobody got hurt,” said captain Sean Norman with Wells Township Police.
Captain Norman also said Crawford was drinking alcohol and was under the influence of unknown prescription drugs during the chase.
We’ll keep you updated if/when charges are filed.
A Wells Township man is in police custody after a high-speed chase ended with an armed standoff.
The incident started Tuesday afternoon when police responded to a house on Township Road 159 for a call of a suicidal man.
When they arrived, police say they found 42-year-old Ricky Crawford. Police say Crawford was in a full-sized Ford pickup truck and took off from the home, leading them on a chase heading north on Route 7.
Police say the chase started at a manageable speed, but eventually reached speeds in the triple digits.
“You start thinking, do you want to continue the pursuit or not, having in mind, we don’t know what frame of mind he was in,” said Captain Norman with the Wells Township Police. “When he pulled a gun and he was actually waving the gun out of the window of the truck as we were chasing after him, it started to get even more serious at that point,” said Captain Norman.
The captain said the chase ended in Calcutta when the engine of Crawford’s truck blew up. That’s when the standoff started, around 6 p.m. until Crawford eventually surrendered peacefully.
Police say they witnessed Crawford drinking beer during the chase, and he reportedly admitted that he was under the influence. Captain Norman said they know of Crawford because it’s a small community but had never had a bad encounter with him prior to Tuesday afternoon.
Numerous agencies were involved in the chase and police say most importantly this ended with no one being injured.
Crawford was transported for a mental evaluation before being taken to Jefferson County Jail. Police are expected to meet with the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday to go over charges.
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