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HARRISVILLE, W.Va. — Jason Lee Strickler, 42, Newport, Ohio, was charged with fleeing with reckless indifference on July 8.

Dep. T. M. Justice, Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department, was patrolling Pullman Road, and saw two motorcycles coming toward him. The lead bike was red, and had a white male and female on it.

The rear bike was black, with extended handlebars, driven by a white male with a brown goatee.

Due to several larceny complaints in the area involving a black motorcycle, Justice turned to get a look at the registration on the bike, but couldn’t see any.

When he turned to follow them, both motorcycles accelerated, and turned onto Slab Creek Road, going at a high rate of speed.

The officer turned on lights and siren, and the black motorcycle passed the red one, and was quickly out of sight.

The pursuit continued of the red bike, going into Harrisville and through a yard which was occupied.

The bike crossed back onto Pullman Road toward state Rt. 16 and tried to make a U-turn near Cherry Street, but the driver laid the bike on its side.

Strickler jumped up and approached in an aggressive manner, with his hands raised, screaming, “What the F?”

The defendant refused to comply, and the deputy deployed his taser, to no effect.

Justice then delivered a frontal kick, making Strickler lose his footing.

Ritchie County Sheriff T.M. Snodgrass and another officer had joined the chase, and assisted in subduing and cuffing the defendant.

Strickler and his passenger, Mary Alice Brooks, were taken into custody.

If convicted, Strickler faces a fine from $1,000 to $2,000, and one to five years in jail.

The defendant was released on a $10,000 cash/surety bond.