2 people arrested after police chase

Findlay police arrested two people after a chase through the city early Wednesday morning, according to the 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 stopped vehicle took off after the officer made initial contact, police said.

Police then pursued the car as it traveled west on Ellis Avenue, then along 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 and 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, then headed west on West Bigelow Avenue.

The vehicle went west out of Findlay on West Bigelow Avenue/Hancock County 95 at speeds reaching 100 mph, according to police. The driver 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 of Toledo, 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 Jackson also had two warrants for his arrest, one from Hancock County and one from Wood County.

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

The length of the pursuit was about 7.2 miles and lasted about 15 minutes, police said.

Assisting the Findlay Police Department were the State Highway Patrol, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and Mac & Bob’s Towing.


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