Man charged following chase that ended at I-71 Sunbury exit

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Authorities have arrested Darvin E. Johnson in connection with Wednesday’s chase that started on the west side of Columbus and ended in Delaware County.

Johnson is charged with six counts of felonious assault, felony fleeing, theft of a firearm, and shooting into a habitation.

Authorities say Johnson also had outstanding warrants for domestic violence, assault, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Wednesday’s incident started around 10:30 a.m. when the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots fired into a home on Unroe Avenue.

According to the sheriff’s office, the Franklin Township Police Department assisted with the call as authorities followed the suspect along I-71 North. The ensuing pursuit lasted around 20 minutes and took officers and deputies through Columbus, past Polaris, and into Delaware County.

The chase ended around 11 a.m., at the I-71 Sunbury exit in Delaware County, where the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the suspect hit three other vehicles.

According to the sheriff’s office, Johnson was captured in a nearby parking lot after getting out of his vehicle.

“We made every attempt we could to try to mitigate the pursuit, however in this situation, this was a very dangerous individual being a gunman, being potentially armed and we had a responsibility to try to safely bring him into custody without further harming the public and/or having him potentially end somewhere in a business or whatever with that firearm,” said Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert, with the sheriff’s office.

Investigators said there were no major injuries out of this incident.

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