Nick McWilliams reporting – A 68-year old who was part of a standoff and subsequent chase is not currently fit to stand trial.

Tuscarawas County Judge Elizabeth Thomakos ruled Wednesday that 68-year old Donald Whiting Jr. must undergo behavioral health treatment before any legal process can continue.

Whiting reportedly barricaded himself in his home and allegedly took shots at sheriff’s deputies and law enforcement before driving his truck past police barricades and leading officers on a crash that ended in a crash on State Route 800.

The Bolivar-man faces charges of fleeing and eluding, felonious assault, and attempted murder for his actions in May.

Thomakos ordered Whiting be placed in the Heartland Behavioral Center in Stark County in early November, following testimony from Twin City Valley Behavioral Center Dr. Amanda Conn.

Conn stated Wednesday that Whiting can be treated with proper medication and counseling if he is responsive to treatment, potentially restoring a proper level of competency.

Neighbors reportedly expressed concern for the well-being of Whiting before the incident, following erratic behavior in wake of the passing of his wife.

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