Heroin may have played role in chase

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Troopers have arrested one man who sped away during an attempted traffic stop Saturday afternoon.

Sgt. Jeff Kramer with the Ohio State Highway Patrol says Ryan Powell, 33, sped off from a state trooper on US-35. Troopers ended pursuit when Powell started driving erratically near Keowee St.

Troopers alerted other law enforcement agencies about the vehicle’s model and gave a license plate number. A University of Dayton officer found the car in Woodland Cemetery near Waldo Street.

“We hear a big screech on the car. There’s a some brakes into the corner,” said Pierre Thevin, who lives nearby the scene.

Thevin and his roommate rushed to the corner to see what was happening.

Witnesses say two people were inside the vehicle. They say both men tried to run on foot to escape custody.

Troopers said the passenger was able to escape. Powell, who was driving the vehicle, was arrested.

“The officer was able to catch him on foot and took him to the ground,” said Sgt. Kramer. “A small struggle ensued at that point.”

Troopers said Powell and his passenger may have been trying to hide heroin when they fled from on US-35. According to Sgt. Kramer, the two might have injected themselves with heroin during pursuit.

“For him to flee at a high speed through the city streets, it’s a miracle nobody got seriously injured or killed from his lack of ability to maintain control over himself and take heroin while he’s behind the wheel of a vehicle,” he said.

Troopers are hoping to question the passenger in that car.

Powell has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail. He is expected to appear in court next Tuesday.

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