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Ohio State Highway Patrol pursuit leads to crash, manhunt Staff




PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio — A high-speed pursuit with the Ohio State Highway Patrol led to a traffic crash and manhunt Saturday morning.

At approximately 7:42 a.m., troopers from the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a 2019 Infiniti QX5 for a speed violation on U.S. 24 near mile post 3 in Paulding County.

The vehicle failed to stop for the trooper and ultimately crashed while attempting to make a left turn onto County Road 60 from County Road 107.

The driver, 22-year-old Ricky L. Taylor of Muncie, Indiana, was immediately taken into custody while three others fled on foot from the crash scene.

With the assistance of Ohio State Highway Patrol aircraft, one of the occupants, a 17-year-old juvenile, was spotted in an adjacent cornfield and was apprehended at approximately 9:15 a.m. without incident.

At approximately 1:08 p.m., the two other occupants, one adult, 18-year-old Damareyon K. Robinson, of Muncie, Indiana, and another juvenile, 16 years old, were located in a wooded area along a creek and were taken into custody without further incident.

The driver, Ricky L. Taylor, was incarcerated at the Paulding County Jail and charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

The passenger, Demareyon K. Robinson, was incarcerated at the Paulding County Jail and charged with obstructing official business, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The two juveniles have been released to relatives pending further investigation of the incident.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Van Wert County Crisis Intervention Response Team.

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