Speeding-related traffic stop in Norwalk results in felony arrests

Cary Ashby • Feb 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A speeding-related traffic stop Wednesday led to the arrests of two suspects wanted on separate felony cases.

Sgt. Brian Gockstetter, of the state Highway Patrol, clocked a vehicle going 75 mph in a 55-mph zone on Ohio 18 at Hartland Center Road, Lt. Douglas Hamman said. The traffic stop happened at 4:49 p.m. in Townsend Township.

"There were two suspects in the vehicle -- one driver and one passenger. They had warrants out of Huron County," Hamman said.

The driver was Theodore E. Durr, 34, of Chandler, Okla., and the passenger was Carl R. Balduff Jr., 39, of 2190 U.S. 20, Monroeville.

"Both had mentioned they were in Ohio to visit and had been in Oklahoma," Hamman said.

Durr produced an Oklahoma driver's license. Hamman said Gockstetter ran the man's license first through Oklahoma and then Ohio and the second database search resulted in hits on Durr's warrants.

Durr was arrested on the warrants and charged with disrupting public service and domestic violence. According to Norwalk Municipal Court records, prosecutors filed the charges in March 2005 in connection with suspected incidents on March 10, 2005. The Huron County Sheriff's Office handled the investigation.

"The other one was entered as cruelty to wife," Hamman said about the misdemeanor domestic violence warrant.

Durr also was charged with speeding.

Balduff, the passenger, was arrested on a warrant and charged with complicity to burglary. The third-degree felony is in connection with a suspected Oct. 22 incident investigated by deputies. Court records indicate prosecutors filed the felony, which is punishable by nine months to three years, on Jan. 22.

Hamman said neither suspect said anything about their cases.

"They were both taken into custody without incident," he added.

Each suspect was released to the sheriff's office and transported to the Huron County Jail. A jail spokeswoman said the case against Balduff was dismissed and he was released while Durr's bond was set at $15,000.

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