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Findlay man arrested after multi-county pursuit

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Findlay, Ohio — A Findlay man was arrested Monday afternoon after leading police on a pursuit which spanned multiple counties.

At 1:57 p.m., officers were called to 224 Monroe Avenue in Findlay for a male threatening another male with a knife.

The suspect left prior to the arrival of officers, but was later located in the 1500 block of Bright Road.

A traffic stop was initiated, and the suspect was initially compliant with the officers, but eventually fled the stop in his vehicle.

Officers began pursuing the man throughout the city of Findlay. The suspect then got on I-75 southbound before exiting onto State Route 15 heading east, according to police.

At one point during the pursuit, the suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at officers out of his vehicle window.

The pursuit then continued southeast on State Route 15 before the suspect exited onto US Route 30 heading west, just north of Upper Sandusky. The suspect proceeded to go onto multiple other roadways before losing control of his vehicle and striking a telephone pole.

The suspect’s vehicle came to a stop just east of Township Highway 300 in Wyandot County. According to police, he proceeded to exit his vehicle with two knives and was not complying with any orders given by officers.

The suspect was struck with two less-lethal bean bag rounds, but was still noncompliant. A taser was deployed and the suspect dropped the knives and was taken into custody.

The pursuit went a total distance of 57.7 miles and lasted 59 minutes from the time of the initial traffic stop until the suspect was in custody. Speeds inside the city of Findlay reached over 80 miles per hour, and outside of Findlay city limits, speeds reached over 110 miles per hour.

The suspect, identified as 46-year-old Michael L. Struble, of Findlay, was arrested and charged with aggravated menacing, operating a vehicle impaired (OVI), and failure to stop after an accident. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash at the conclusion of the pursuit. Struble was later admitted to the hospital due to his injuries.

Struble was issued an own recognizance (OR) bond for his charges, and felony charges of fleeing and eluding will possibly be submitted at the conclusion of the investigation, according to Findlay PD.

The Findlay Police Department was assisted in the pursuit by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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