Pursuit in Findlay Ends with Arrest of Findlay Man

A Findlay man was arrested on several charges following a pursuit with Findlay Police late Thursday afternoon.

The following release was provided by the Findlay Police Department:

Officers were called to a residence on Lima Ave. to investigate a possible complaint of criminal trespassing.

During the investigation an Officer attempted to speak with the suspect reference the complaint along with a possible theft and assault. The suspect got into a vehicle and then refused to comply with orders to stop from the Officer. The suspect then fled the scene in a black Dodge Journey, just missing the Officer and his marked Findlay Police Cruiser.

The Officer notified other Officers of the fleeing vehicle when another Findlay Officer located the suspect vehicle at Lima Ave. and Western Ave. This Officer, in a clearly marked Findlay Police Cruiser, attempted to stop the suspect vehicle with his lights and siren activated. The suspect vehicle then accelerated and fled from the Officer. Officers pursued the suspect n/b on Western Ave. to W. Main Cross St. The suspect went w/b on W. Main Cross St. reaching speeds of 70mph. The suspect then turned s/b on I-75. Officers continued pursuing the suspect vehicle s/b on I-75 reaching speeds up to 105 mph. At approx exit 142 on I-75 s/b, due to weather, construction, and the speed of the suspect vehicle gaining space from Officers, as well as the identity of the suspect being known, the pursuit was ended.

Our department had notified the Ohio Highway Patrol of the pursuit along with other agencies.

The Ohio Highway Patrol Lima Post had located the vehicle and continued the pursuit. The Ohio Highway Patrol was able to get the suspect vehicle stopped using stop sticks and the Suspect, Barry C. Stevens (54 yoa) of Findlay was taken into custody.

Barry refused to comply with Troopers and had to be tased by OSP. Barry was medically cleared at Lima Memorial Hospital and transferred back to Findlay Police Department where he was placed in the Hancock County Justice Center on charges of Obstructing Official Business (2nd degree Misdemeanor) and Failure to Comply with Order or Signal of Police Officer (Felony of the 3rd degree).

The entire pursuit from Findlay PD traveled 16.8 miles.