On Jan. 8, an officer was on patrol in the city of Greenville. While traveling westbound on East Fifth Street, the officer was behind a white vehicle known to be operated by Dustin B. Clark, who had an active warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of driving under suspension. From previous dealings with Clark, the officer could positively identify him as the driver through the reflection in the driver’s side mirror. At the intersection of East Fifth Street and Walnut Street, the officer activated the overhead emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. Clark failed to pull over and turned northbound onto South Broadway Street. While still following Clark with the emergency lights on, the officer activated the audible horn and siren multiple times in an attempt to get him to pull over. Clark continued to ignore both the visible and audible signals to stop. In approximately the 500 block of East Fourth Street, the officer turned the siren on constant and notified dispatch that he was in pursuit. Clark began accelerating his speed and continued traveling eastbound down East Fourth Street. When he reached North Ohio Street, he failed to stop at the clearly posted stop sign, drove around another vehicle that was stopped and turned southbound onto North Ohio. Clark then turned eastbound onto Hickory Drive, where speeds reached approximately 66 mph in a residential neighborhood and he again failed to stop at a clearly posted stop sign. Clark continued to ignore the officer’s warnings to stop and proceeded eastbound on Requarth Road at speeds of approximately 82 mph, still failing to stop at all visibly posted stop signs He then turned southbound onto Stahl Road where he continued to US. Route 36. Clark turned westbound onto US. Route. 36, nearly hitting a sheriff’s deputy’s police cruiser. Clark continued on 36 until Jaysville-St. Johns Road, where he drove around a set of stop sticks that were deployed in an effort to end the pursuit. Clark ran a clearly visible red light at the intersection of U.S. Route 36 and State Route 571, where he continued westbound to the State Route 127 on ramp. Clark began traveling southbound on State Route 127 at speeds nearing 100 mph. Once the pursuit reached Castine, Clark turned westbound onto State Route 722 and then southbound onto North Maple Street. Clark turned eastbound onto Peach Street and then to his father’s residence, where he parked the vehicle. Clark was taken into custody by Darke County units involved in the pursuit and incarcerated on charges of failure to comply with a lawful order and driving under suspension. While incarcerated in the Darke County Jail, Clark was served a misdemeanor citation for failure to comply with a lawful order and a traffic citation for the following driving under suspension, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and stop sign violation. Clark was issued copies of all his citations. The vehicle Clark was driving was towed by Hot Rods Towing.
On Jan. 6 an officer was on patrol in the alley behind the 100 block of Deshler Avenue and observed a known wanted subject, Sean Reason, run from the backyard and inside a residence. The officer approached the house and told Reason to come out or a search warrant would be issued. Reason came out of the house voluntarily and was placed into cuffs. Dispatch was able to confirm the active warrant with Darke County through LEADS/NCIC. The warrant was for a felony probation violation on an original charge of domestic violence with no bond. Reason was searched for contraband with none being found and transported to Darke County Jail for incarceration.
On Dec. 31 an officer was dispatched to CVS Pharmacy, 1009 East Main St. on the report of a theft. The officer learned the suspect left in a vehicle with another subject. The officer located the described vehicle and conducted a traffic stop for an investigatory detention. The suspect was identified as Myrtle Cox. The officer told Cox she had been detained for a traffic stop because she had been seen putting items into her purse and leaving the store without paying for them. Cox admitted she had taken a bottle of facial cream and also had poured vitamins out of a pill bottle into her pocket. The items were returned to CVS Pharmacy and the officer issued a citation to Cox for theft.
On Jan. 1 an officer was dispatched to Family Dollar, 300 Martin St., in reference a shoplifting complaint. While enroute, dispatch told the officer a witness described the suspect as being a white male with dark hair, wearing a gray jacket, a multi colored sock hat, black pants, carrying a backpack and having sores on his face. Dispatch also said the witness reported it appeared the suspect had concealed something large under his jacket when he left the store. As the officer arrived in the vicinity, another person who had been following the suspect, pointed him out to the officers at the intersection of East Fourth Street and Broadway Street. Two officers made contact with the male subject who matched the description the witness had given dispatch. The male subject identified himself as Todd Hale and confirmed his identify with an Indiana paper ID. Hale was advised why the officers stopped him. He said he didn’t steal anything and he was just walking from Dayton to Muncie, Ind. When asked if he’d been at Family Dollar, he said he had been and that he only retrieved several food items from the trash. Another officer arrived to assist. After being questioned, Hale finally admitted he had taken a blanket from Family Dollar, which he hid in an alley in the 100 block of West Fourth Street. Hale told officers he was homeless and had taken the blanket in order to stay warm during the night. Hale was detained and placed into the back seat of a police cruiser. One of the officers went to the 100 block of West Fourth Street and located the blanket in the alley. When officers showed Hale the blanket he admitted it was the same one he had taken. Due to Hale being homeless and not being from the area, he was advised he would be going to jail that night. Officers first transported Hale to Family Dollar and conducted a field line up with employees, who positively identified Hale as the suspect. The blanket was returned to Family Dollar and Hale was transported to Wayne HealthCare to be evaluated by hospital staff. Officers completed a misdemeanor citation for theft. Hale was then transported to the Darke County Jail, where he was incarcerated for the theft charge and held on a bond of $2,025. While speaking with Hale, he said there were three $20 bills in his bag, which he believed were counterfeit. He asked officers to take the bills, which they did and placed into property.
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