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Father held in car chase, gun battle with son

Wire • Jul 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

An Ohio man is in jail after authorities say he got into a car chase and gunbattle with his son, resulting in the death of one person.

Michael T. Collins, 54, of Frazeysburg, is being held in the Knox County jail on a weapons charge after a car crash and shooting in southern Knox County on Friday.

Lilly Dawn Pressley-Claggett, 35, of St. Louisville, was found dead after the car she was driving crashed about 10:30 p.m. on Rt. 586, just north of the Licking County line. Emergency personnel arriving at the scene discovered that both Pressley-Claggett, and her passenger, 30-year-old Jesse B. Collins, of Frazeysburg, had been shot.

Collins was flown to Ohio State University Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

An investigation revealed that Jesse Collins, Michael Collins' son, was involved in a domestic dispute with his father that led to an exchange of gunfire as the elder Collins pursued his son along Rt.586, according to a news release from the State Highway Patrol.

Michael Collins and daughter Melissa Kramer, who was with him at the time of the shooting, drove away after Pressley-Claggett's car crashed, the patrol said. The elder Collins has been charged with having a weapon while under disability and is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Further information about Kramer's role in the chase and shooting has not been released, and she has not been charged, a patrol spokeswoman said. Additional charges may be filed by the Knox County prosecutor.

A relative of Pressley-Claggett's declined to talk to a reporter when reached at the family's home in St. Louisville, saying the family was waiting for authorities to provide more information about the crash and shooting.

The patrol has asked anyone with more information about the shooting to contact investigators at (614) 799-6633.

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By Josh Jarman - The Columbus Dispatch (MCT)

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