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City man sentenced for high-speed pursuit

Three defendants were sentenced and three pleaded guilty before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O’Connor earlier this week.

Shawn Burkepile (pictured), 25, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to 60 days in the Logan County Jail, five years community control, a two-year license suspension, and ordered to pay a $375 fine and court costs for failure to comply with a police officer and OVI.

On November 25th, Burkepile was arrested on multiple charges following an eight-minute pursuit across Bellefontaine around 1:30 a.m.

He fled when the Bellefontaine Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Police report that Burkepile was northbound, weaving from one lane to another.

He made a left turn into Tim Horton's, 514 South Main Street, and fled through a rear alley. He just missed a utility pole.

Burkepile struck a stop sign at the corner of the alley and Lincoln Avenue. He then went the wrong way on South Detroit Street, reaching speeds over 60 MPH.

Burkepile drove on numerous city streets before heading eastbound on East Sandusky Avenue.

He struck two street signs on East Sandusky Avenue before turning south on Stanley Street. He then turned left on East Columbus Avenue and just missed hitting several parked cars.

The pursuit ended in the Whispering Pines subdivision.

Burkepile took East Columbus Avenue to Reservoir Road, then turned left onto North Heatherhill Drive. He proceeded northbound on Firethorn and turned left on East Glen Drive.

Burkepile then turned onto Woodglen Drive, which dead ends into a cul-de-sac. Police barricaded the intersection.

He drove down a grassy embankment near a residence at 1309 Woodglen Drive and got stuck.

Burkepile was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody.

He was charged with felony fleeing and eluding, three counts of failure to control, three counts of leaving the scene of an accident, and single counts of OVI, resisting arrest, reckless operation, and failure to drive in marked lanes.

Burkepile was not injured. He was lodged in the Logan County Jail.

The car was towed from the scene.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office assisted during the pursuit.

Jennifer Gillman, 34, of Kentucky, was sentenced to 30 days in the Logan County Jail, five years community control, and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs, and restitution for attempted grand theft of a firearm and theft.

Danielle Oldaker, 31, of West Liberty, was sentenced to five years community control, the probation incentive program, and ordered to pay restitution, court costs, and attorney fees for theft.

Amanda Thompson, 26, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to burglary and was granted intervention in lieu of conviction. She must complete three years community control and substance abuse counseling.

Floyd Stevens, 40, of Kenton, pleaded guilty to non-support of dependents. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing is scheduled for April 15th.

Calvin Carter, 24, of Russells Point, pleaded guilty to theft and was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program.

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