Shane P. Harsha, 49 years old, was arrested on tentative charges of Fleeing and Eluding an Officer, Armed with a Firearm While Intoxicated, Criminal Trespass, and Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety. Shane Harsha was also cited for Operating While Intoxicated First Offense, Operating Without a Valid Motorcycle Endorsement, and Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign.
Lt. Jones stated that the investigation began with the report of a male subject pointing a handgun at another person who was backing out of their driveway in their vehicle in the City of Richland Center. The driver of the vehicle informed police that he thought he was being “carjacked”.
A short time later, police received a call of a home invasion in which a male had forced his way into the home, confronted a resident, and then left the home on a motorcycle. The description of the male involved in the home invasion matched that of the suspect involved in the believed to be “carjacking”.
After a brief search, the motorcycle and suspect were located by responding Richland Center Police Department Officers and Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputies. Once located, the suspect and motorcycle attempted to elude law enforcement through the north end of the City of Richland Center at excessive speeds. When the pursuit concluded, the operator was identified as Shane P. Harsha who was found to be in possession of a handgun. Ultimately Shane Harsha was taken into custody without further incident.
Shane Harsha is currently incarcerated at the Richland County Jail. All charges have been forwarded to the Richland County District Attorney’s office.
Lt. Billy Jones commented that the timely call from citizens, coupled with the rapid response of the officers and deputies involved, led to the quick and safe apprehension of Shane Harsha.