Norwalk man accused of illegal use of snowblower

Cary Ashby • Feb 16, 2014 at 4:07 PM

A man who turned himself into police Tuesday is accused of using a snowblower to get rid of the tracks of an all-terrain vehicle.

Joseph A. Story, 29, of 19 Pitt St., came to the Norwalk Police Department at 11:02 a.m. and turned himself in on a warrant.

Story is charged with tampering with evidence in connection with a Feb. 4 incident. Prosecutors filed the third-degree felony, which is punishable by nine months to three years in prison, in Norwalk Municipal Court three days after the suspected offense.

Capt. Mike Conney said police saw someone driving an ATV on Old State Road and attempted to pull over the operator, Jeremy Lewis, 29, of 301 S. Norwalk Road. He said Lewis didn't stop when the officer activated his lights and drove through Woodlawn Cemetery and some back yards.

"He could have been charged with fleeing and eluding," Conney added.

However, Lewis was charged with operating an ATV on a public roadway.

Conney, when reviewing the officer's report, said the final sentence indicates police planned to turn the case over to the Norwalk Law Director's Office for the consideration of filing charges of obstruction of official business or obstructing justice against Story and another male subject. The other man wasn't charged.

After seeing Lewis on the ATV, police followed the tracks, which led to Story's residence. Story was outside at the time using a snowblower, Conney said.

"It appeared to the officers who responded he was trying to get rid of the (ATV) tracks," the police captain added.

After turning himself in Tuesday, Story was transported to the Huron County Jail. He later was released on a personal recognizance bond, which means he signed a court document promising to appear for future hearings without having to pay any money.

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