A Carbon Hill man was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 5 after he allegedly led Hocking County Sheriff’s officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, on that day a truck had been reported stolen from a residence on state Route 328. A report was filed and the truck was entered into the law enforcement database.
Later that afternoon, deputies observed what appeared to be the truck being driven on US 33 near state Route 664. Upon running the license plate, it was confirmed to be the truck that had been stolen earlier that day.
Deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but it fled at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued the truck for approximately 21 miles, with the pursuit reaching speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour.
The truck traveled on US 33 to state Route 595 and into Haydenville, where it turned successively onto Wandling Road, Moore Road, Goat Run Honey Fork Road, Clay Lick Road, and state Route 93, finally ending up in a field at the dead end of Bensonhaver Road.
When the stolen truck entered the field, it was damaged and the driver and passenger fled on foot but were apprehended by deputies after a brief foot chase.
The driver, Matthew C. Long, 38 of Carbon Hill, was arrested and charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a peace officer (fleeing and eluding), a third-degree felony; grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.
Long also had an active felony arrest warrant for failure to comply with the order or signal of a peace officer, from a previous pursuit that he had been involved in.
The passenger, Tatum M. Schultz, 21, of Glouster, was arrested and charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a peace officer, a third-degree felony.
Suspected narcotics were seized from the vehicle and additional charges are likely to be presented to the Hocking County grand jury at a later date.