RIDGE TOWNSHIP — A Middle Point man faces three felony and three misdemeanor charges after he allegedly threatened a male and female with a knife in a business in Ridge Township on Thursday evening and then followed the couple and caused an accident with his vehicle.

Jason J. Allen, 45, of Middle Point was arrested Thursday on two counts of aggravated menacing, each felonies of the 5th degree; obstructing official business, a felony of the 5th degree; resisting arrest, a misdemeanor of the 1st degree; failure to comply with a lawful order, a misdemeanor of the 1st degree; and OVI, a misdemeanor of the 1st degree.

According to a press release by Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach, dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 10:03 p.m. from a woman at a business in Ridge Township stating an intoxicated male had pulled a knife and was threatening another male.

When deputies arrived, they observed a male subject walking to a vehicle at the business. A female in the parking lot advised the deputies the male subject was the one who pulled the knife. The female also told deputies the male crashed a car into her car on purpose.

Deputies attempted to contact the male subject but he got into the vehicle and left the scene. Deputies then pursued the vehicle and after at 1.5-mile chase, the subject pulled over.

The male immediately got out of the car and started coming back toward the deputies and according the report, ignored deputies’ instructions to stay where he was and lay down on the ground. A deputy then deployed a Taser on the male subject, which was not effective and he continued to come at deputies. The male subject advanced on one of the deputies and the deputy the struck the him in the face with the Taser and was able to grab the male subject and take him to the ground.

The male subject continued to fight with deputies on the ground and additional deputies arrived on scene and were able to get the male subjects hands behind his back and handcuff him. Three deputies were injured to varying degrees and were treated at Van Wert Health before being released.

During the investigation, deputies learned prior to their arrival, the male subject had pulled a knife on two patrons of the local business, saying he would cut them and would kill them. The patrons left the business, only for the male subject to follow them in a car and crash into their vehicle.

Allen was transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility where he is being held until his arraignment in Van Wert Municipal Court. Sheriff Riggenbach said the investigation is continuing and more charges could be filed.

“This was a very dangerous situation and I am thankful the outcome wasn’t any worse for everyone involved,” Riggenbach said. “Our deputies work hard every day, to protect the people of Van Wert County and to go home when their shift is complete.”

The Ohio State Patrol and Middle Point Fire and EMS assisted at the scene.