High speed chase ends in felony charges in Wayne County

Police say a 36-year-old Newark man was taken into custody after a high speed chase in Wayne County.

Troopers attempted a traffic stop involving a vehicle that was traveling east on Route 31 around 2:38 a.m. on Thursday.

The officer even noticed that the vehicle was traveling on three wheels.

After attempted a traffic stop – the operator, identified as Jason M. Caplinger, 36, of Newark – sped off. The pursuit reached 99 mph, according to police.

The vehicle continued into Lyons, forcing another driver into the guardrail. Caplinger’s vehicle then hit a parked car in front of Wayne County’s DSS building.

Caplinger then exited the vehicle and fled the scene. Police caught up with him and had to use a taser to subdue him. He was shot with a taser a second time before finally being taken into custody.

He was subsequently charged with felony DWI, felony AUO, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, open container, and was also issued 41 traffic violations.

The Times of Wayne County showed that Caplinger had two prior DWI convictions. He was remanded to jail due to three previously felony convictions.

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