Fugitive nabbed after 2-mile foot chase through snow
East Monroe resident David Zitney was wanted on 17 outstanding warrants from 5 jurisdictions
By Jeff Gilliland firstname.lastname@example.org
An East Monroe man who was wanted on 17 outstanding warrants was captured after a foot chase of more than an hour Thursday and has already been sentenced to jail.
David A. Zitney, 47, was sentenced Friday in Hillsboro Municipal Court to a total of 270 days in the Highland County Justice Center, and still faces further prosecution.
The Highland County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call Thursday from a concerned citizen about a suspicious male in the East Monroe area, who the caller said appeared to possibly breaking into homes.
Deputies with the sheriff’s office and Leesburg Police Department responded and while patrolling in the area saw a male that fit the description. As officers approached, the male took off running in an open field on the north side of East Monroe.
Deputies took off after the man and following a chase that lasted more than an hour through two miles in the snow, they captured and arrested Zitney.
He was originally arrested on outstanding warrants from the HCSO, Hillsboro Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
Zitney was arraigned Friday in Hillsboro Municipal Court on 13 counts. On one count of theft he was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of reporting probation, with 90 days suspended on conditions. One nine counts of passing bad checks, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of reporting probation, with 90 days suspended on conditions. On three counts of probation violations, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Once Zitney has served his 270 days in jail, Highland County Sheriff Richard Warner Jr. said he will be transferred to one of the other three counties that have current outstanding warrants for his arrest.
“I would like to first of all thank the concerned citizen for calling the Highland County Sheriff’s Office,” Warner said. “This is a prime example how important it is for citizens to be aware of what’s going on in their community. Being able to remove Mr. Zitney from the streets of Highland County today was a great thing.”
Warner encourages citizens of Highland County to continue to call his office at 937-393-1421 with any information.
Jeff Gilliland may be reached at 937-393-3456 ext. 209 or on Twitter @13gillilandj.
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