Firearms Investigation



Ottinger surrendered to police this evening.  He was processed at Northampton Township and arraigned by Judge Finello.  Ottinger was sent to Bucks County Correctional Facility with a bail of $25,000 (10%).

Newtown Township, PA - On May 14, 2020 at approximately 10:00 PM, Newtown Township Police observed the operator of a black Ford Pick-Up truck traveling at a high rate of speed on the Newtown Bypass, passing South Sycamore Street and traveling north bound. Police initiated a traffic stop for vehicle code violations and followed the vehicle until it came to a stop on Parkview Way. As an officer conducted the stop, the operator, a male, refused to cooperate. During this interaction, the officer observed a weapon in the vehicle and ordered the male out of the vehicle. The male once again refused to comply and fled the scene in his vehicle. Police initiated a vehicle pursuit through the Tyler Walk development and back onto the Bypass where the pursuit was terminated for community safety. The vehicle continued to travel towards Northampton Township and Northampton Township Police were notified. The male operator, was subsequently positively identified as 46-year-old Jason Ottinger from Langhorne, PA, and an warrant for his arrest has been issued for multiple charges, including carrying a firearm without a license, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving in addition to other traffic violations. Additionally, on May 15, 2020 Newtown Township Police responded to the report of a found firearm within the Tyler Walk development. The recovered firearm was not the same weapon observed in the fleeing vehicle and the investigation is ongoing to determine if the two incidents are related.

On May 15, 2020, Newtown Township Police were assisted by Middletown Township Police & the South Central Emergency Response Team, in an effort to serve the arrest warrant on Jason Ottinger. As a result, Ottinger was not located on the property and his whereabouts are unknown.

Thursday, May 14, 2020 (All day)

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