Greenville Police Beat – Juvenile leads police on bike, foot chase


On Dec. 29 an officer saw an unknown male riding a bicycle on Martin Street near Riffle Avenue without proper lighting. The male turned southbound on Riffle Avenue continuing down the street nearing Eleventh Street. The officer activated the overhead lights to conduct a traffic stop. The male turned around and saw the officer, then stood up on the bicycle and continued southbound on Riffle Avenue turning westbound onto Eleventh Street, cutting across Hiddeson Avenue into the old Marsh parking lot. The officer called out the pursuit on the radio and gave a clothing description of the male as he fled. The officer continued the pursuit at a safe distance. The male continued to disregard the officer’s commands to stop, and continued northbound in an alley crossing over Hall Street and then Tiffin Street where he threw a blue cinch bag over a privacy fence in the 100 block of Green Street. The male continued northbound in the alley to the 200 block of Warren Street where he dumped his mountain bike and continued eastbound on foot to Warren Street. The officer announced his presence several times and yelled “stop, police” as he chased behind the male. The officer was eventually able to catch the subject between houses and tackle him to the ground. He was taken into custody without further incident. Another officer arrived to assist. The male was identified as 15-year-old juvenile who resides on Warren Street. He was searched and placed in the rear seat of a police cruiser. During the search, an officer located a small pipe with the odor of burnt marijuana inside. When asked, the juvenile stated he ran because he was scared because there was a water bong in the bag he dumped over the fence. One of the officers was able to recover the property, which contained a large glass water bong also with the odor of burnt marijuana inside. The juvenile told the officers the name of the person who gave him the drug paraphernalia. The juvenile’s mother was contacted and arrived on scene. Officers explained the details of the pursuit and she and her husband took the juvenile’s bicycle back to their house. The mother then met with officers at GPD. The juvenile was issued citations for bicycle signal devices, obstructing official business and possession of paraphernalia and was released to his mother. All illicit items were transported back to the GPD where they were placed into property.


On Dec. 29 an officer observed a vehicle being operated northbound on Wagner Avenue near Russ Road. Through LEADS/NCIC it was confirmed the registration to the vehicle had been expired since Dec. 4. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the vehicle did not come to a stop until it was on Oxford Drive. The officer approached the vehicle and asked for the driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance from the operator. The officer confirmed the operator of the vehicle to be Amanda Diegel. Diegel’s speech was slurred while speaking to the officer and she was extremely talkative. The officer could also smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Diegel’s breath. A female passenger in the vehicle was the registered owner. When asked why they pulled into the parking lot instead of stopping on the road, they told the officer they were going to a business to pick up a friend but did not realize the business was closed. When asked where they were coming from, Diegel’s answers did not make sense. The officer asked Diegel how much she had to drink that night and she advised “none.” The officer asked the registered owner why she was allowing Diegel to drive the car and she said Diegel told her she had not had “that much to drink,” according to the report.  The officer asked Diegel to exit the vehicle to perform a set of standard sobriety tests, which she failed. After the tests, the officer again asked Diegel how much she had to drink and she admitted “one bottle of wine.” Diegel was arrested for operating under the influence and was transported to the Greenville Police Department, where she was asked to submit a urine sample, which was sent to the lab for analysis. Diegel was cited for operating under the influence and operating with an expired registration.

Wanted Person

On Dec. 25 an officer was called to the 800 block of North Ohio Street in reference to a complaint about a verbal domestic situation. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with Belinda Goodpaster, who said she was late for dinner and her father was angry and refused to let her in the house. Goodpaster said she had stayed at the residence the last two nights. The officer learned Goodpaster had a warrant through the Darke County Municipal Court for failure to appear on the original charge of driving under suspension. The officer spoke with Goodpaster’s father who said she was a drug addict and he didn’t want her at the residence. Goodpaster was warned for trespass and told her property would be given to another family member to give to her. Goodpaster was transported to Darke County Jail with a bond set at $2,025.

On Dec. 26 an officer went to the 200 block of Riffle Avenue to make contact with Albert Reed. Reed is on probation with Darke County Adult Probation and has a probation violation warrant. He was wearing an ankle monitor and the monitor showed Reed was at this location. A probation officer had requested GPD conduct a check at the residence for Reed. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with Reed, who was advised he had a probation violation warrant with no bond. Reed was placed into handcuffs and transported to Darke County Jail.


The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.





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