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Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 7:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
CLARK COUNTY —
UPDATE @ 1:17 p.m. (Feb. 20):
Police dash camera video obtained by this news organization shows the moments leading up to multiple crashes on Interstate 70 in Clark County earlier this month. The dash cam showed the suspect, Gavin Haynes, weaving through traffic before allegedly causing the crashes on the highway.
Haynes was eventually captured.
UPDATE @ 12:04 p.m. (Feb. 14):
Gavin Haynes pleaded not guilty in Clark County court Wednesday.
His bond was set at $36,000.
UPDATE @ 11 a.m.:
Gavin Haynes is expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court this morning.
He’s facing 11 different charges including aggravated vehicular assault, receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding, obstructing official business, escape and resisting arrest.
After he was arrested, Haynes was being evaluated at the Springfield Regional Medical Center emergency room at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when he allegedly attempted to flee, ripping out his IV and heart rate monitors, according to a police report.
He then ran down the hallway and pushed others out of the way, it said.
A state trooper then deployed his taser, dropping Haynes to the ground.
Haynes allegedly would not put his hands behind his back and three troopers worked together to restrain him in a hospital bed. Haynes remained abusive towards employees and was never able to be evaluated.
He was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital, the report said.
UPDATE @ 11:06 p.m.: The man captured in the I-70 West manhunt is accused of stealing his father's Mercedes coupe in London, Ohio, and fleeing from police there before heading west on the interstate at speeds of more than 100 mph, crashing and flipping vehicles before crashing and and trying to make a run for it near Springfield.
Gavin Haynes, 38, still on parole after an early release from Madison Correctional Institution last Nov. 1, was still in the custody of the Ohio State Highway Patrol late Tuesday night.
Haynes was admitted to prison in March 2016 on a felony charge of harassment by an inmate. He was placed on parole for three years when he was released, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Sometime after 7 p.m., Haynes' father told London police that his son took the Mercedes from their home on Patricia Drive without permission, Sgt. Keith Akers said.
A London police officer tried to stop the car, on Lafayette Road (U.S. 42), about 7:20 p.m., but the driver -- believed to be Haynes -- sped off on U.S. 42. The officer cut the pursuit because there was too much trafic, Akers said.
The officer saw the car but did not see who was driving, the sergeant said, explaining that London police passed information about the incident to the state patrol because U.S. 42 leads directly to I-70.
UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m.:
The speeding driver who was the subject of the I-70 West manhunt was captured around 8:30 p.m. in a barn near Springfield.
The man, whose name was not yet released, wreaked havoc all along the interstate from his home in London in Madison County, said Lt. Brian Aller, commander, Springfield Post, Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Aller said one of his troopers, who had been dispatched on a call, was on state Route 54 looking over onto I-70 West and saw the suspect vehicle traveling at high speed on the berm of the interstate.
"He saw this vehicle pass him, like crazy," Aller said.
The trooper, who has not been identified by name, caught up with the suspect vehicle on I-70 West, around U.S. 40, but it continued in the berm passing vehicles at high speed.
"Unfortunately, a couple of vehicles were actually struck," Aller said. “One actually flipped. The lady in that vehicle suffered minor injures.”
Another vehicle was forced off the road, he said. A third vehicle is believed to have been struck as well.
The suspect vehicle traveled another quarter mile, continued off the right side of the interstate and into a fence. He got out and ran north, toward the city of Springfield.
Where he crashed is where troopers, Springfield police, Clark County sheriff's deputies, K-9 units and the state patrol helicopter began the manhunt.
Aller said when the state patrol sent units to the man's address, they discovered London police were at his house there and had been involved in an incident with him there.
“We do know who he is,” Aller said. “We don’t know what the incident was.”
The man is believed to be impaired, according to London police.
He's facing charges in London (Madison County) and in Clark County -- at the minimum fleeing and eluding, Aller said.
There has been no definitive word as to whether the man has been captured, Aller said.
Two lanes of I-70 West have reopened.
I-70 West in Clark County is shut down because of a multiple-vehicle accident. We're hearing that as many as five vehicles, including an Ohio State Highway Patrol car, are involved.
The accident scene appears to be just west of state Route 41 (South Charleston Pike) and east of state Route 72 (Limestone Street).
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Area high school student killed in wreck
We're hearing that the initial report was for a hit-and-run. We're also hearing that a trooper involved in the accident is OK.
We have a crew on scene. We will update this developing report.