Student Accused of Leading Police On High Speed Chase Out On Bond

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An Ohio University student is out on bond after being charged with leading police on a high speed motorcycle chase in and out of the city of Athens. 

Jacob J. Gussler, 20, appeared in Athens County Municipal Court Wednesday and was handed a $10,000 bond on the third-degree felony charge of fleeing and eluding. Municipal court does not hear felony cases so the appearance was only to decide bond. Gussler was granted the ability to post 10 percent of the amount and did so to secure his release.


According to police, officers tried to stop Gussler after allegedly witnessing him drive his 2001 Kawasaki ZX6R in a reckless manner and exceed the speed limit. However, Gussler allegedly "took off at a high rate of speed, more than twice the legal limit on all roads," according to court documents. 

The chase began on East State Street near Morris Avenue then moved to Route 50 west toward Albany, onto Radford Road and then back toward the city on Route 56 before ending close to South Green Drive near Ohio University's Ping Center. 

Gussler allegedly went through a school zone at more than 90 mph and through a closed construction lane at more than 60 mph. 

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. Should the case to go grand jury and be indicted, he could face up to five years in prison for the third-degree felony offense.