Man faces assault charges after allegedly hitting officer, police chase

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — One man will face charges after police say he assaulted an officer and led police on a chase that ended with a crash late Monday night.

It happened around midnight  officer J. Sterling was working special duty at a Walmart store located on South High Street. Employees at the store told the officer that a man and a woman were attempting to shoplift. The two were identified as Evan Whitt and Heather Harvey.

Evan Colby Whitt
Evan Colby Whitt

Officer Sterling confronted Whitt who began resisting and hit the officer in the face during the struggle.

Whitt and Harvey got away on a blue motorcycle. Police pursued the two until Whitt lost control of the motorcycle near the intersection of Georgesville Road and Clime Road.

The bike was found across the intersection in nearby woods. Both Whitt and Harvey were transported to a local hospital with only minor injuries.

Once Whitt is released from the hospital, he will be transported to the Franklin County Jail. He will face charges for a felony vehicular assault and assaulting an officer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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