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UPDATED: Man Wanted For Fleeing, Weapons Charge Arrested


Jason Ottinger.

UPDATED: 8:49 p.m., Saturday: 

According to a court docket, Jason Ottinger, 46, of Middletown Township, was arrested Saturday and arraigned at 7:40 p.m. before on-call District Judge Daniel Finello. 

Ottinger’s bail was set at 10 percent of $25,000.

Original Story: 

A 46-year-old Middletown Township man is wanted by Newtown Township police after he  allegedly fled from them Thursday.

Jason Ottinger is wanted on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and other offenses.

A SWAT team was called up Friday afternoon as police checked for Ottinger at his home along West Maple Avenue in Middletown’s Langhorne section. He was not located at the time.

Newtown Township police said that on Thursday around 10 p.m. an officer spotted Ottinger’s black Ford pickup truck speeding on the Newtown Bypass near South Sycamore Street.

The officer pulled a traffic stop and the pickup stopped on Parkview Way.

As the officer conducted the stop, Ottinger refused to cooperate. A firearm was spotted in  the vehicle and the 46 year old was ordered out of the truck, police said.

Ottinger did not listen and fled the scene, causing a chase through the Tyler Walk neighborhood and back onto the Newtown Bypass, police said.

Officers ended the chase due to safety concerns, police said.

Ottinger continued toward Northampton and was not located on Thursday night, police said.

On Friday, police were called for a gun found in the Tyler Walk development, but the firearm did not match the one spotted in Ottinger’s truck. Police said they are unsure if the found weapon is connected to Ottinger.

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Thursday’s high-risk warrant service was in an effort to find Ottinger. It brought out multiple police agencies, two large armored trucks, and closed West Maple Avenue for several hours.

Anyone with information on Ottinger’s whereabouts has beenrbeen asked to call the Newtown Township Police Department at 215-328-8524, dial 911, or click “submit a tip” on Crimewatch.


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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001