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Defendant admits to stalking ex



A previously convicted stalker is out of jail and under house arrest today after pleading guilty Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to harassing a former girlfriend.

Randall Bolen, 30, pleaded guilty to menacing by stalking, a first-degree misdemeanor and failure to comply with a lawful order, a third-degree felony.

Mr. Bolen had been out of jail only a matter of days on the night of May 30 when he stalked and harassed Denise Board at her 808 Euclid St. residence. He had just done a month in the Logan County Jail on a prior menacing by stalking conviction for tormenting his ex-girlfriend, assistant prosecutor Dan LaRoche said.

According to reports, the defendant had been seen seated at a picnic table in the victim’s backyard. Officers responded to the house and while talking with Ms. Board, the defendant attempted to call her.

Officers answered the first call, Mr. LaRoche said, and there was no response from the defendant. Mr. Bolen tried to call back and it was Ms. Board who answered the second time. The defendant reportedly asked her why she’d gotten the police involved.

Ms. Board then handed the phone to police who advised Mr. Bolen he was under arrest for violating a no contact order and he needed to turn himself in. The defendant hung up and fled the scene.

Despite multiple searches of the area, police were unable to locate Mr. Bolen until about 4 a.m. on the morning of May 31 when he phoned deputies of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and told them he was outside 808 Euclid St. and was trying to decide whether he should kill Ms. Board or himself.

As officers were racing to the residence, the suspect passed them at Lawrence Avenue and Euclid Street.

A pursuit ensued in which the suspect ran multiple stop signs and traffic lights and drove the wrong way on one-way streets and the chase continued out of the city south on U.S. Route 68.

Logan County Sheriff’s deputies and West Liberty police joined the pursuit, deploying stop sticks to flatten Mr. Bolen’s tires. He twice reversed course to avoid the stop sticks and a third time missed them by driving off the roadway, and in the process struck a Bellefontaine police cruiser.

The defendant eventually crashed his car into a utility pole along County Road 1 near Kanagy Road in Champaign County. The car snapped off a utility pole and brought down the power lines.

Mr. Bolen was flown from the scene to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment as a result of the crash.

Mr. Bolen faces three years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 26. A minimum three-year driver’s license suspension also applies.

He was released from jail and ordered under house arrest until sentencing. The defendant told the court he’ll be staying with a friend at 222 W. Light St., Urbana.

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