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ADA — A suspect in an Ada investigation managed to escape from a police cruiser during his arrest procedure Tuesday night, only to be recaptured later that evening.
According to a press release from Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger, his department was contacted by Ohio Northern University security at 8:16 p.m. Tuesday. The security officers were investigating subjects breaking into vehicles on the campus and had stopped a vehicle with four subjects. Two of those in the stopped vehicle had fled the scene during questioning, the security officers reported.
Ada Police found Jason Parker, 20, Ada, two blocks from the stopped vehicle. He matched the description of the fleeing suspect and was returned to the scene in custody on suspicion of underage drinking and obstructing an investigation.
Parker was left in the rear seat of the cruiser in handcuffs while the investigation continued. During that time, he was able to exit the cruiser through the cage window and out the passenger door, Harnishfeger said.
Officers discovered the escape a few minutes later. The nearby wooded area was surrounded and searched with the assistance of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the ONU security officers. Officers discovered Parker had given them false identification, which led them to the home of his mother at Northland Trailer Park in Ada.
Parker, still in handcuffs, was found at the location and taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion and is facing charges of escape, obstruction, underage drinking, theft and was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant.
The Ada Police Department continues to investigate the identity of the other subject who fled the security officers.
A 21-year-old female was released from the scene and a 16-year-old male subject will be charged with underage drinking as well. Harnishfeger said his identity will not be released.