Two arrested after overnight police pursuit in north Findlay

Findlay police arrested two people after a chase through the city following a traffic stop early this morning, according to the city police department.

At 1:22 a.m., a Findlay police officer made a traffic stop in the 2500 block of North Main Street, near Ellis Avenue. The vehicle stopped, but then took off after the officer made initial contact.

Police then pursued the car as it traveled west on Ellis Avenue, then down several north Findlay residential streets before it went north on Greenacre Drive.

At the dead end of Greenacre Drive, the vehicle continued on, driving through the yards at Poplar Court Apartments, 2901 Greenacre Drive, and The Heritage, 2824 Greenacre Drive.

The vehicle then went back onto Greenacre Drive, then turned east onto West Bigelow Avenue, Findlay police said. The driver lost control of the vehicle at West Bigelow Avenue and North Main Street, spun around, and then regained control before heading westbound on West Bigelow Avenue.

The vehicle went drove westbound out of Findlay on West Bigelow Avenue/Hancock County 95 at speeds reaching 100 mph, according to police. The driver then turned north onto Liberty Township 135, then lost control near the intersection with Liberty Township 96, where the vehicle went off the road and crashed into a culvert in a ditch.

The driver, identified as Joey O’Neal Jackson, was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, a third-degree felony; operating a vehicle while intoxicated; driving under suspension; and improper display. Police said that Jackson also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest, one from Hancock County and one from Wood County.

Two other passengers were in the vehicle, police said; a female passenger was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and later released on bond. The third passenger was not charged.

The length of the pursuit was approximately 7.2 miles and lasted about 15 minutes, police said.  Assisting the Findlay Police Department were the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and Mac & Bob’s Towing.


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