Late last week, a McArthur man became involved in a multi-county high-speed pursuit which included numerous area law enforcement agencies.
According to reports from the Wellston Police Department (WPD), at approximately 3:25 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, dispatchers were alerted by an outside agency of a black 2000 Pontiac Grand Am that was traveling south on State Route 93 and preparing to enter the City of Wellston. That vehicle was said to have been being driven by Danny Lee Jayjohn, Jr., 33, of State Route 683 in McArthur, and that the individual had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest.
A WPD unit that was sitting stationary at the time spotted the vehicle in question and clocked it going 47 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. Upon attempting to initiate a traffic stop, Jayjohn was said to have pulled into the parking lot of the BP gas station at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Broadway Street in Wellston, but failed to come to a stop.
From there, Jayjohn led the officer through a number of side streets in the north end of town before eventually ending up on State Route 327 heading north. After making his way into Hamden and heading towards McArthur on State Route 93, Jayjohn turned left onto State Route 683 heading toward Lake Rupert.
At approximately 3:48 p.m., after units from the WPD, Vinton County Sheriff's Office (VCSO), Hamden Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol had been giving chase, officers backed off of Jayjohn's vehicle due to the presence of school buses in the area of U.S. Route 50 between the Cross Creek General Store and Mount Olive Road. At that time, officers lost sight of Jayjohn's vehicle.
During the chase, a WPD officer reported that Jayjohn's vehicle reached speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour.
Later that same day, officers from the VCSO found Jayjohn's vehicle just off of U.S. Route 50. The following day, Friday, Nov. 3, VCSO deputies arrested Jayjohn at a residence on Woltz Road in Ray on his numerous outstanding warrants.
Jayjohn is currently incarcerated in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville. A felony-level charge of Fleeing and Eluding will also be forwarded to Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Lovett for review.