Jackson man charged with felony eluding officers after vehicle chase

By Ben Holbrook | May 05, 2014
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Jackson — A Jackson man is facing multiple charges, including a felony, after engaging state police in a vehicle pursuit.

On April 28, Trooper Benjamin Sweeney attempted to stop a vehicle on Route 7 for speeding. As he was attempting to stop the vehicle, Sweeney said the vehicle took off on Route 7 headed towards Jackson.

As Sweeney pursued the vehicle, he said speeds were well in excess of the posted 30 mph limits.

The driver of the vehicle, Devon Ricker, 26, stopped on Village Road in Jackson and fled into the nearby woods on foot. A search of the woods failed to locate Ricker at the time.

However, on April 30, Sweeney located and arrested Ricker in connection with the vehicle pursuit. Ricker was charged with felony eluding a police officer, operating after suspension, criminal speed, refusal to submit to arrest or detention and violation of conditions of release.

Sweeney said among the charges filed against Ricker, the charge of refusing to submit to arrest or detention was due to the fact that Ricker failed to yield to a verbal command by Sweeney to stop when Ricker fled from his vehicle.

Sweeney said Ricker is currently free on bail.

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