A foot chase follows car theft
By Jane Beathard
London resident Tevin Jackson, 19, 39 Fairview Ave., is in Tri-County Regional Jail under a $25,000 cash or surety bond, following a series of weekend incidents that began with a car theft in the city early Friday and ended with a Sunday afternoon dog chase on Elm Street.
Jackson was arraigned before Madison County Municipal Judge Eric Schooley on Monday, and charged with felony receiving stolen property, misdemeanor obstructing police business and resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty to the obstructing and resisting charges. Schooley set a pre-trial hearing for 9 a.m. on Sept. 14, to coincide with a preliminary hearing on the felony.
Additional charges are pending against Jackson, according to Lt. Eric Semler of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
The chain of events that landed Jackson in jail began at 5:08 a.m. Friday when a Riley Avenue resident reported that her 2002 Honda Civic had disappeared overnight.
That car was recovered about two hours later outside 1185 Old Xenia Road S.W., when deputies responded to a reported theft of two all-terrain vehicles from a storage shed on that property.
Just hours earlier, London Police Officers Ken Reffitt and Collin Peterson headed to Maple Street after neighbors reported two all-terrain vehicles were driving on the Roberts-Pass Bike Trail in that area.
Officers pursued the ATVs from the bike trail to East Center Street where one ATV crashed in a ditch and the other disappeared. Peterson recognized Jackson as the driver fleeing the disabled ATV.
Peterson pursued Jackson on foot into a nearby woods, but lost the man’s trail. The officer later spotted Jackson walking on Maple Street and chased him through the East First and Liberty street neighborhoods with the help of Dep. Mike Talbert. However, Jackson eventually jumped a fence and escaped.
The abandoned ATV, identified as a 2003 Honda stolen from the shed on Old Xenia Road, was towed to the London Police Department.
About 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dep. Nick Lisska stopped a car near St. Patrick’s School on Elm Street in which Jackson was a passenger. Jackson again fled with Lisska and his canine, “Evan,” in pursuit.
The dog chased Jackson to 218 Elm St., where the man was cornered and arrested, Semler said.