LOGAN – A Carbon Hill man who was arrested Oct. 5 after he allegedly led Hocking County Sheriff’s officers on a high-speed chase, with alleged drugs in the vehicle, has run afoul of the law on two previous occasions in the past four years for similar behavior, according to local law enforcement records.
“This is his third pursuit,” confirmed Caleb Moritz, chief deputy of the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office has responded to two of the incidents, with one handled by Logan Police.
In the most recent incident Matthew Carlton Long, 38, was arrested earlier this month after he was allegedly spotted driving a pickup truck that had been reported stolen from a state Route 328 residence.
When sheriff’s deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, it reportedly fled at high speed. This led to a roughly 21-mile chase at speeds of up to nearly 100 miles per hour.
The pursuit went along US 33 to state Route 595 and into Haydenville, where the truck turned 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.
The truck was damaged and the driver and passenger got out and ran away, but were caught by deputies after a brief foot chase.
Long, allegedly the driver, was 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.
The passenger, Tatum M. Schultz, 21, of Glouster, was charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a peace officer, a third-degree felony.
Suspected narcotics also were seized from the vehicle.
At the time of his arrest Long had an active felony arrest warrant from a previous pursuit in which he allegedly had been involved. That one apparently took place in June of this year, and involved Logan Police.
According to an incident report, on June 12 an officer was dispatched to Walmart on a report that some people were trying to remove and conceal items from the store. Based on a description of their vehicle, the officer followed a black SUV as it left the parking lot.
When the officer ran the SUV’s plates they came back as belonging to a different vehicle. The SUV also went left of center twice on state Route 664, the report said. The officer put on his flashing lights to make a traffic stop but the SUV kept going out Old McArthur Road, with the officer in pursuit, now with his siren going.
With the SUV doing 50-60 mph and hitting banks on both sides of the roadway, as the pursuit got to the intersection of Old McArthur Road and state Route 93 South, the SUV allegedly ran the stop sign, crossed the roadway, crashed through a locked metal fence, and continued up an oil well road where the officer did not follow out of concern the cruiser would get stuck.
The SUV drove into the woods; by now backup officers had arrived and they heard voices from where the vehicle had gone. Using a police dog, they found the SUV at the bottom of “what looked easily like a 100-foot drop,” the report says.
Three people were found in the SUV, who all refused medical treatment; according to witnesses at Walmart, there had been four people in the vehicle. Officers found evidence in the vehicle suggesting that the missing fourth person was Matthew Long, who had warrants out for his arrest, and no driver’s license.
An indictment filed in Hocking County Common Pleas Court Aug. 30 charges a 38-year-old Matthew Carlton Long with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, an offense described as having taken place on or about June 12.
Some three years prior to the June incident, Long had been arrested after another alleged high-speed chase in which he tried to flee on foot after crashing a vehicle.
In an incident report from the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy recounts that on March 24, 2018, he was at Logan-Hocking Middle School shortly before 1 a.m. when he saw a green Mazda traveling south on Maysville-Williams Road. When a laser speed check showed the car exceeding the speed limit, the officer followed the vehicle onto US 33 eastbound, where he turned on lights and siren. The Mazda allegedly then got off on the Dorr Run Road exit, ran a stop sign, and continued into Nelsonville and Athens County.
With the Mazda traveling up to 70 mph on West Franklin Street in Nelsonville, running multiple stop signs and traffic signals, and at one point going airborne as it went down a hill, the sheriff’s officer turned the chase over to the Nelsonville Police, who had been notified.
Nelsonville Police reported around 1:09 a.m. that they had used a “pursuit intervention technique” to stop the Mazda, after seeing that a female passenger in the car was fighting with the driver, trying to get him to stop. “The vehicle spun out and struck a tree, causing the airbags to deploy,” the report says.
Long, the driver, allegedly tried to flee on foot but was quickly caught. Suspected methamphetamine was seized from the vehicle, which testing later showed to be that drug.
The female passenger told officers that she had just bought the car.
Online records of the Hocking County Common Pleas Court and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction show that in 2018 Long was convicted of aggravated possession of drugs and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, and served a term in prison of less than a year.
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