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BREAKING NEWS - 3.5-hour Manhunt near turnpike comes up empty

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:48 PM

A drug suspect has escaped from state and local officers today — twice.

Trooper Mike Ramsey of the state highway patrol stopped a car for a moving violation on the eastbound side of the Ohio Turnpike west of U.S. 250 exit at about 1:00 this afternoon.

Ramsey found drugs on the woman driving the car as they spoke outside. When he was instructed to get out of the car, the male passenger instead slid behind the steering wheel and sped off.

Ramsey radioed ahead and officers en route to assist Ramsey spread a tire-puncturing pad on the road east of the Huron River Bridge. The suspect’s car hit the pad and ran off the road and into a ditch.

The suspect got out of the car and fled south, jumping a fence into a wheat field. He was followed closely by a trooper.

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies sealed off the area and Maj. Bob McDowell, of the Huron County Sheriff’s Canine Unit, searched for the suspect with hsi dog. Members of the the Milan Township Fire Department used thermal imaging equipment to search for the suspect in a neighboring corn field.

But it was all for nothing. The search was terminated at 4:30, and the suspect was not found.

No further information is available at this time.

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