An armed, convicted Ohio felon might have gotten away after backing into Winchester Police Chief Kevin Palmer's truck in a stolen car, but he sped off when Palmer asked to exchange information with him.
Instead, 21-year-old Ebb Duhamel of Middletown, Ohio, is in jail facing multiple felony charges after leading local officers and deputies in a foot pursuit and search through Winchester Wednesday afternoon. He was captured 40 minutes later in a barn behind Gonyer Supply on East Washington Street.
Then he tried to escape through a second-floor window at the police station after his arrest.
"He might've played it cool and gotten away if he produced a license," Palmer said this morning. "But he decided to run."
Palmer was off duty, out of uniform and in his personal vehicle when he stopped at the corner of Vine and Jefferson streets and a Chevrolet Blazer backed into him at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Palmer said Duhamel stopped and asked if he was OK, but fled when Palmer asked to exchange information while they waited on the police.