Christopher L. Leonard, 28, of Sidney, was charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer after he reportedly led deputies on a 3.5-mile pursuit in a stolen vehicle that reached speeds of 100 mph Sunday evening.
Deputies observed his vehicle traveling 71 mph along S.R. 235 near Township Road 27 about 7 p.m., and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. However, the vehicle continued onto the 1100 block of S.R. 235 and began increasing its speed.
The vehicle then cut through a gravel parking lot at 13 N. S.R. 235, DeGraff, and continued into Logansville, passing other vehicles on a double yellow. The vehicle came to a stop at State Route 47 just west of Township Road 229.
Leonard was ordered out of the vehicle and reportedly told deputies, “I didn’t know you were stopping me. I’m lost.”
The vehicle he was driving was owned by his ex-girlfriend, Lori Maggard, who reported the vehicle stolen Friday to the Huber Heights Police Department. Leonard also was charged with receiving stolen property and was lodged in the Logan County Jail. A report has been sent to the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office for the following charges: speed, non-compliance driving under suspension, no operator’s license and failure to reinstate.
Weapons charge issued
James A. Williams, 24, of Dayton, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm in a class D liquor establishment as a result of an incident Saturday evening at Froggy’s at the Lake, 11065 Township Road 293, Lakeview.
Deputies working a security detail at the establishment about 7 p.m. reported Williams attempted to enter the bar again after previously being removed for being too intoxicated. The defendant then walked out of the bar as requested by deputies.
While outside, deputies were flagged down by another patron, who informed them that he had observed a handgun in Williams’ pocket.
Due to the defendant’s level of intoxication and the witness stating that he had a gun, deputies performed a pat-down search of Williams. They seized a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 that was located in his pants pocket with a round in the chamber, along with extended magazine with 13 rounds of ammunition located in another pocket.
He was placed under arrest and transported to the Logan County Jail. Deputies said a records check showed Williams did not have a concealed carry permit.
A report has been sent to the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office for review and determination of further charges, including using weapons while intoxicated, public intoxication, carrying a concealed weapon and criminal trespass.