Elijah T. “Duke” Leeper, 18, of 441 Spring Ave., was charged Nov. 26, with kidnapping, officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department report.
Witnesses reported he tried to drag Madison H. McAlexander out of Speedway, 600 E. Sandusky Ave., around 1:55 p.m. She had visible injuries injuries, including blood coming from her left ear, multiple bruises on her arms, scratches on her hands, redness around her neck and bruising to her back and ribs.
She told officers Leeper would not let her leave a Heritage Court apartment, pushed her up a flight stairs, strangled her repeatedly and body slammed her several times.
He then gave her the keys to her car and told her to drive to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment. She was driving and rolled down the window, yelling for help as she drove on Heritage.
At Ludlow Road, she asked for help of a man at 608 Ludlow Road. Leeper forced her into the passenger seat and took over driving. He also alleged punched her in the left side of her face.
He stopped in Mary Rutan Park and she was able to convince him to let her drive again. She drove to Speedway, claiming she needed gasoline and ran inside to seek sanctuary.
Leeper ran from the store but was located nearby. He was lodged in the Logan County Jail.
Motorists face OVI charges
Gregory A. Ford, 39, of 211 N. Koke St., Apt. 1, DeGraff, was charged Saturday with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Around 12:55 a.m., witnesses reported he was slouched over in a car stopped in the middle of a north/south alley in the 100 block of Arnold Avenue.
Officers arrived on the scene and found him in the driver’s slouched but leaning toward the passenger seat. He told officers he thought he had stopped in a parking spot.
His speech was slurred, officers report, and he was unsteady on his feet when he exited the car. He became aggressive and uncooperative with officers and was arrested and lodged in jail.
• Jacob A. Barr, 25, of 3087 State Route 67, Belle Center, was charged Saturday with OVI, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia after a 1:55 a.m. traffic stop. He also was cited for a marked lanes violation and a stop sign violation.
His passenger, Taylor Lou-Ann Newman, 22, of the same address, was charged with possession of drugs and possession of marijuana.
An officer on patrol observed Barr’s eastbound car nearly hit a parked car on Columbus Avenue at Standley Street. At Hayes Street, Barr did not stop behind the painted stop bar. A stop was conducted at Speedway, 600 E. Sandusky Ave.
Barr’s speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet, the officer reports. The officer also noted an odor of alcohol while talking with Barr.
Marijuana was found in the car along with four prescription opioid pills. A rolled $20 bill which was consistent with snorting drugs was found in the front pocket of Barr’s hooded sweatshirt.
Both were lodged in jail.
• Thomas S. Hackett, 49, of 113 Lincoln Ave., was charged Thursday with OVI and cited for having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. He was stopped around 8 p.m. on Spring Avenue near Main Street.
Field sobriety tests indicated he was under the influence of alcohol. His breathalyzer sample was recorded at 0.13.
Officers found Six empty 16-ounce cans of beer in his car.
• Brandel Lane Barger, 36, of Columbus, was charged Wednesday with OVI, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He was cited for failure to signal.
He was stopped after turning north from Pine Avenue onto Main Street and traveling across two lanes. At Lake Avenue, he turned across three lanes to head westbound.
A stop was conducted at 9:20 p.m. at Casey’s General Store, 1104 S. Main St. Officers detected an odor of alcohol while speaking with Barger. They also detected an odor of marijuana.
Field sobriety tests indicated he was impaired by alcohol.
A search of his pickup truck located marijuana in a jar, crack cocaine in his jacket and a pipe for smoking marijuana.
Officers noted Barger has three OVI convictions.
His breathalyzer result was 0.07 below the legal limit and he provided a urine sample for chemical analysis. He admitted smoking marijuana just before the stop and recently abusing cocaine.
He was lodged in jail.