Two in custody after police chase ends in Sidney

Published: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 6:04 AM

One suspect was found hiding behind a couch, dressed in black with a backpack that contained an undisclosed about of drugs, troopers said. The second suspect was apprehended in another part of the hotel.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m.:

Two Indiana men are in custody after an early-morning chase with Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers ended at a Holiday Inn Express in Sidney.

The men, whose names have not been released, were a 23-year-old from Sellersburg, Indiana, and a 24-year-old from Jeffersonville, Indiana, according to the highway patrol.

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Approximately 586 grams of marijuana was reportedly found on the 23-year-old.

The incident started about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday in Wapakoneta, when a state trooper attempted to stop a car for speeding on Interstate 75 south. 

The driver reportedly sped off as the trooper was walking up to the vehicle, leading to a chase.

The pursuit ended in Sidney when law enforcement used stop sticks to slow down the vehicle, said Sgt. JJ Carter of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

The car pulled off the highway and stopped in front of the Holiday Inn Express on Folkerth Avenue, and both suspects initially ran behind the hotel.

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K-9 units from Sidney police and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded, tracking down the suspects inside the hotel.

The 23-year-old passenger was found hiding behind a couch, dressed in black with a backpack that contained an undisclosed about of drugs, Carter said. 

Both were taken to the Shelby County Jail on on suspicion of charges of fleeing and eluding, drug possession and obstruction. Formal charges are pending.

An eyewitness at the hotel Wednesday morning said to News Center 7 that police told her the suspect is armed. 

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Another woman who said she lives in the area called our newsroom and said she saw about 12 law enforcement officers in the area conducting a search. Residents were told to remain in their homes, the woman said.

We will continue following this story and bring you the latest information when it’s available.