The Johnson CO. Sheriff’s Office arrested a man this week in connection with the alleged theft of property from a local business in Johnson Co. According to information, Deputies were investigating a theft of property from Ferguson Excavating, located in the Wittensville community of Johnson Co. The investigation concerned the weekend theft of a pickup truck, a trailer and a side-by-side ATV that was caught on video. On Monday, another call was received about two chainsaws being taken from the same business. As Deputies were at the business location, they were notified by a passerby that a male was seen nearby loading two chainsaws into a green car. When leaving to locate that vehicle, Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey reported the green car actually pulled in front of him and he initiated a traffic stop.
Chief Deputy Pelphrey said while the vehicle initially stopped, a male passenger in the car moved to the driver’s seat and took off in the car. Chief Deputy Pelphrey said the male eventually ejected the female occupant from the vehicle.
A Police chase ensued onto Hilltop Road in the Nippa community. Chief Deputy Pelphrey would block the vehicle’s escape route and the car ended up stricking a guardrail and later fishtailed out of control and flipped over, landing in the creek on its roof. The suspect would then try to take off running after the crash, but was caught about 40 yards down the creek. After placing the suspect under arrest, he was transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center for some minor injuries before being transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Chief Deputy said the suspect was identified as Jamie Marcum, 32 of Lowmansville. Marcum was charged with Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (On Foot), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Escape 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct 1st Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition Auto – $10,000 or More but Under $1,000,000. Chief Deputy Pelphrey reported that Marcum agreed to take Deputies to the location he had sold the Side-by-Side and Trailer to a third party, who was unaware the items had been reported stolen. Deputies also recovered the truck.