The Ohio State Highway Patrol was involved in two motor vehicle pursuits on Tuesday that are believed to be associated.
The first incident began on the Ohio Turnpike in Ottawa County after troopers received information from the Livonia, Mich. Police Department that a Dodge Durango was believed to be involved in various breaking and entering crimes in their jurisdiction and that the vehicle was traveling on the Ohio Turnpike.
Troopers observed the suspect vehicle at 3:10 p.m. traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on the Turnpike, near milepost 74 and attempted to stop the vehicle. The Durango failed to stop and a pursuit ensued continuing east on the Turnpike before exiting near Fremont, Ohio.
At 4:39 p.m. the vehicle was spotted by troopers on US Route 24 near US Route 127 in Van Wert County. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle and it again fled. It is believed that the vehicle fled into Indiana and authorities there were notified.
The second incident began at 4:30 p.m. in Auglaize County and involved a Lincoln MKZ. As with the previous vehicle, the Patrol had been provided information that the Lincoln was in Ohio and was suspected of being involved in criminal activity and was believed to be associated with the Dodge Durango from the previous pursuit.
Once spotted by Patrol troopers in Auglaize County, the Lincoln began to drive at a high rate of speed and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit was terminated a short time later. Troopers contacted other Patrol Posts south on Interstate 75 and several other pursuits ensued in Miami, Montgomery and Warren Counties. Due to continued reckless driving, these pursuits were terminated for safety reasons. The Patrol worked to provide the suspect vehicle information to other area law enforcement agencies.
At approximately 5:50 p.m., the vehicle was located by Sharonville and Springdale Police Departments and a stop occurred on Chester Rd. in Sharonville. Three of the four vehicle occupants were taken into custody. A fourth occupant fled on foot and has not been located. The three suspects and the vehicle were taken to the Patrol’s Cincinnati Operations for further investigation and processing.
The suspects, Emily Freeman, 21, of Coral Springs, Fla., Stanley Jacques, 24, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Courtney Coney, 29, of Plantation, Fla. were charged with fleeing and eluding, a felony of the third-degree and incarcerated at the Warren County Jail.
The Patrol continues to investigate and is working closely with the Warren County Prosecutor, Livonia Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.