VAN BUREN — An Ottawa man who allegedly possessed narcotics and a stolen gun was arrested after a car accident this morning on a variety of charges.
At 7:02 a.m., the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about Joseph S. Saldana, 33, who was allegedly making threats at the Pilot truck stop on Ohio 613, west of Van Buren. The caller said Saldana was in a 2010 Dodge Journey and he might have a gun.
The first deputy to respond witnessed the Dodge strike another vehicle on Ohio 613, according to the sheriff’s office. Saldana ran away, pursued by the deputy, who told him a K-9 would be deployed if he did not stop.
Saldana ran into a “woody thicket,” where K-9 Charlie bit and apprehended him, the sheriff’s office said.
Saldana was allegedly in possession of two firearms, including a stolen handgun, and “a large amount of illegal narcotics,” according to the sheriff’s office.
He was taken to the Hancock County jail and treated there for the bite.
Saldana is being held for possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony; receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He also faces first-degree misdemeanor charges for failure to comply with a peace officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and aggravated menacing, as well as a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge for drug paraphernalia.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted the sheriff’s office.