Deshler man arrested after high-speed pursuit

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DESHLER (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies are investigating an incident that led to a high-speed pursuit and the arrest of a Deshler man Monday.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office reported Deshler Police Chief Ryan Bowersox advised he was in pursuit of a vehicle on County Road 1 near Hoytville Road in Wood County at 1:43 p.m. Monday. The office's incident report states Bowersox reported the vehicle was fleeing officers at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Bowersox pursued the vehicle into Wood County after the vehicle turned onto Hoytville Road and deputies then responded to the area for backup. The vehicle went westbound on the road and was on path to return to Henry County Road 1. Deputies set up a roadblock at Hoytville Road and Road 1.

Upon approaching the roadblock, the suspect stopped the vehicle and was ordered out of it at gunpoint. Bowersox then took Jason L. Rutter, 37, of Deshler into custody. Rutter was booked with the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio the same day and faced charges of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer in eluding or fleeing, a misdemeanor of the first degree; and arrest of a person under community control sanction, severity not reported.

According to booking report records from CCNO, Rutter has already been sentenced in Napoleon Municipal Court on the failure to comply charge. Information on the sentencing was not available as of press time.

The same record indicates Rutter is in pretrial in Henry County Common Pleas Court on the other charge.

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