(WCMH) — The Licking County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a high-speed chase on Interstate 70 east near State Route 13, officials said.
According to the sheriff’s office, it started in Pataskala when police responded to a report of a man making suicidal threats. He also made statements he would harm law enforcement if contact was made.
The man allegedly told police over the phone that he would ram police vehicles and fire his weapon at them.
Police located the man in Newark, where he fled police. The sheriff’s office said the pursuit went through the west side of Newark before turning south on State Route 79 from 30th Street.
The chase continued east on I-70. Police stopped their pursuit before entering Muskingum County. Police followed from a distance as the Ohio State Highway Patrol Muskingum Post used tire deflation devices to stop the vehicle.
The vehicle left the road and struck a light pole.
The sheriff’s office said the man was found dead in the car from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.