ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Drunk driver eludes, struggles with troopers

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

A Norwalk man faces multiple misdemeanor charges on allegations he failed to stop for a state trooper and then struggled with officers Saturday.

Seth Cochran, 25, of 184 W. Main St., is accused of driving away from the state Highway Patrol when ordered to stop while driving recklessly on Main Street, Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said. After the driver stopped, he reportedly refused to leave his 1991 two-door Chevrolet car and struggled with troopers, who later found a marijuana pipe in the center console, O'Hara said.

Cochran was charged with failure to comply, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence and reckless operation. He currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail unable to post 10 percent of a $17,000 bond.

In a separate misdemeanor case, Thomas J. Halbisen, 24, of 10307 Ohio 99, Monroeville, was sentenced Monday to 10 days in jail for theft. Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge also sentenced him to two years of probation and prohibited the defendant from having any association or communication with the victim during that time frame. Court records further show the judge suspended a 50-day jail term.

Halbisen misused his ex-girlfriend's credit card by making a $49 transaction between Feb. 1 and 9, 2007, O'Hara said.

In an unrelated felony theft case, Courtney Sherz, 21, of 38 Garcia Drive, is accused of stealing some rings, necklaces and other jewelry after staying one night at a friend's house, O'Hara said. One of the pieces of jewelry is valued at more than $500.

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