Video | 2 in custody after shots fired at deputies in 100 mph chase through Shelby county
SHELBY COUNTY, Ohio (WRGT) - Two people on the run from West Virginia are in custody today after deputies say they led them on a chase that reached 100 miles per hour in a stolen vehicle.
Deputies say the suspects, one of whom has been identified as Travis Wickline, 28, of Charleston, WV, stole the vehicle from a woman at gunpoint at the Pasco grocery store on State Route 29 in Sidney shortly after 11:00 p.m. Monday.
After taking off in the car deputies responding to the carjacking call spotted the stolen vehicle and tried to pull Wickline over. Chief Deputy Jim Frye with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said Wickline rammed one of the department's cruisers, which injured the deputy who was inside. Frye said after that, another deputy was able to get Wickline to stop and told him to put his hands in the air, which he did. However, Frye said Wickline got out of the vehicle and opened fire on the deputy, hitting the hood of the cruiser. The deputy then fired back several times and hit the vehicle.
Frye said after opening fire on the deputy, Wickline took off in the stolen vehicle leading deputies on a chase that at times reached speeds of 100 miles per hour. Wickline eventually stopped and when he did, a woman who was inside the car with him jumped out and Wickline hid from deputies. Frye said the woman had an outstanding warrant and was scared. Once she was in police custody, deputies tried to get her to help them track Wickline down.
The department had all hands on deck with multiple units responding, as well as the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers helped with the search with troopers on the ground and a helicopter to try and track Wickline down. In the end, it was the woman who was inside the car with Wickline who led deputies to the Hidden Valley Trailer Park, where he was hiding. "She wasn't being very forthcoming in the beginning," Frye said. "But after we talked to her for a little while and got her comfortable, she started telling us the truth and that's what led us to Lot 69."
The woman who was in the vehicle with Wickline has been identified as Ashley Nicole Wayson, 31, of Charleston, WV. According to investigators, Wayson and Wickline had been staying at the trailer park with Wickline's parents. Wayson is being charged with obstruction of justice and is now in custody at the Shelby County Jail.
The Shelby County Prosecutor has met with deputies and has approved charges of felonious assault, attempted murder, kidnapping, grand theft auto, weapons under disability and failure to comply with the order or signal of an officer. While deputies are trained for situations like this, Frye said it's not something they deal with very often. "Since I've been here I think this is the first time an officer's actually been shot at," he said.
The deputy who returned fire at Wickline is still on duty at this time. "He was shot at first," Frye told FOX 45. "He returned fire and we'll investigate that part of it too." Meantime, the deputy whose cruiser was rammed is doing well, Frye reports, he said the deputy has a bruise but will be okay.