FREDERICKTOWN – The Ohio State Highway Patrol released footage Tuesday of the high-speed pursuit near Fredericktown last Sunday, which led to the arrest of a suspect with multiple outstanding felony warrants.
Matthew S. Adams, 26, of Martinsburg, was arrested following a two-hour pursuit that began at the Fredericktown BellStores location and continued through the winding hills of rural northwest Knox County.
Four local law enforcement agencies – the Fredericktown Police Department, Knox County Sheriff's Office, Mount Vernon Police Department (K-9) and Ohio State Highway Patrol – worked together to apprehend Adams, who abandoned his vehicle midway through the pursuit and fled on foot.
The video, captured on a dashboard camera, shows officers trailing Adams as he blazes through northwest Knox County. It's unclear how fast the vehicles are traveling, or where exactly they are headed. At one point, Adams stops the car in the middle of a road and runs into a nearby wooded area. Officers command Adams to stop, but he does not listen.
The video (which is edited), then skips ahead to the final portion of the pursuit, where Adams is spotted by the OSHP's aviation unit. Adams emerges from an abandoned vehicle, seemingly located in the middle of a farm field, and surrenders to local law enforcement. Deputies from the Knox County Sheriff's Office are seen taking Adams into custody.
Watch as troopers assist the Knox County Sheriff's Office and Fredericktown Police Department with a pursuit involving a person with multiple warrants. The suspect fled on foot and was located by our Aviation Unit. #HighwayCrime pic.twitter.com/amtKu5GVBX— OSHP_CentralOhio (@OSHP_CentralOH) January 19, 2021
Adams had multiple outstanding warrants in his name, including felony warrants stemming from a high-speed chase in Mount Vernon on Nov. 23.
Police had attempted to stop his vehicle that day for an equipment violation, but Adams did not concede, ultimately initiating a pursuit that ended when he crashed his van into another vehicle and fled on foot.
Adams got away that day. Inside his van, officers and K-9 units were able to recover a loaded handgun, methamphetamine, and personal property confirming his identity. Adams, a registered sex offender, had not registered his use of the van with the Knox County Sheriff's Office as required by law.
He was indicted by a Knox County grand jury two weeks later on five charges stemming from the incident, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, joining several other active warrants in his name.
On Jan. 10, six weeks later, Adams once again led local law enforcement on a high-speed chase. This time, however, he was caught.
Adams has been held in the Knox County Jail since his arrest last weekend, Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville said. He was jailed on warrants related to the Nov. 23 chase.
McConville said Tuesday that additional charges, related to the Jan. 10 pursuit, are coming, pending his office's review of additional law enforcement reports.
"He's going to be looking at a lot of potential time," McConville said.