Driver tells police they were making him late for work after mile-long pursuit

A local man who told officers he was late for work was arrested after he led officers on a vehicle pursuit that lasted more than a mile.

Columbus police officers Frank Dickman and Jeff Gilliam were patrolling at 9:55 a.m. Friday near 16th Street and Home Avenue when a vehicle approached the officers’ patrol car from behind, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The officers noted that the driver, later identified as Jacob T. Waltermire, 28, Columbus, was flailing his arms and honking the vehicle’s horn behind them.

The officers pulled over to see if Waltermire needed help, but the driver continued past the officers in his vehicle, Harris said.

Officers saw that Waltermire’s car had only one working brake light and they attempted to stop the vehicle, Harris said, but Waltermire refused to pull over.

The officers pursued Waltermire with their patrol car’s emergency lights and siren activated for more than a mile before he pulled into a parking lot int he 2200 block of North National Road, Harris said.

Waltermire quickly left the vehicle and told officers that they had been driving too slow when he first encountered them and the officers were making him late for work, Harris said.

Waltermire was arrested on a felony charge of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, Harris said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.