Wooster PD Releases Footage Of Pursuit With Wanted Fugitive

  • 1/8/2018 12:09:38 PM
  • Jay Jackman
  • Local News

WAYNE CO., OH - Around 1:30 a.m. on December 5th, the Wooster Police Department received information that a known fugitive from justice, James "Bubba" Schmidt was seen at the Wooster Wal-Mart at 3883 Burbank Rd.

Officers went to the area in an attempt to apprehend Schmidt.

Upon seeing the officers, Schmidt got into a vehicle with a female subject and led officers on a high-speed pursuit through Wayne County.

The Wooster Police Department released the dash cam video to WMFD of the pursuit that traveled at speeds of up to 70 mph through county roads ending near Orrville. 

According to the report, officers had radioed dispatch to contact neighboring departments including Creston, Lodi, Medina Sheriff's Office, Smithville, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Norton, Copley and Orrville Police for the deployment of "stopsticks". 

While traveling eastbound on E. Hutton Rd. in Wooster Schmidt began firing rounds at the pursuing officers striking several marked police vehicles.

At one point, dispatch advised that "Bubba" had called in and threatened to "kill" the passenger if officers didn't stop pursuing. However, he would call and hang up while doing this, according to the police report. 

During the pursuit near McQuaid and Church Rd., a patrol officer with the Wooster Police Department, Patrolman Telquist, took a sharp corner and ran into the ditch on the roadside. Telquist was transported for minor injuries to Wooster Community Hospital. 

The pursuit ended when Schmidt lost control of the vehicle in a field located on McQuaid Rd. He then fled from the vehicle and again fired rounds at the officers as they neared the scene. On the body camera, you can see officers take action and cover behind their vehicles. One officer from the Wooster Police Department did return fire, however, Schmidt escaped and fled.

Following his disappearance, an SUV that he had stolen was found torched in Guernsey Co. later that afternoon.

Schmidt was considered armed and dangerous, according to police. He had multiple felony warrants for his arrest including:

  • Assault
  • Aggravated Menacing
  • Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Weapons Under Disability
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Obstruction of Official Business

Outside agencies were contacted to assist in the investigation of this incident as well as the apprehension of Schmidt.

The U.S. Marshals later captured Schmidt in Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia.

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