Warrant issued for suspect in Miami Co. crash that closed nearby schools

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Bystanders check out the damage to a home at the intersection of Troy Pike (St. Rt. 41) and High Street (St. Rt. 48) after a vehicle that was allegedly stolen out of Piqua crashed during a pursuit by law enforcement officers on Friday morning.

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – An arrest warrant has been issued for the man accused of fleeing stealing a vehicle, fleeing from police, crashing into a building and then stealing another car.

Justin Wallace (Miami County Sheriff's Office).
Justin Wallace (Miami County Sheriff’s Office).

Thirty-five-year-old Justin Wallace has been charged with failure to comply/fleeing from a law enforcement officer, a felony.

The charges stem from a pursuit in the early hours Friday, where Wallace is accused of stealing a pick-up truck from the City of Piqua and was chased by deputies. The pursuit ended when the truck crashed into a house in Covington and Wallace fled the scene on foot.

Deputies later took a stolen vehicle report from a resident in Newberry Township where another pick-up truck was stolen, according to a press release from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. Wallace is also suspected in that theft. That truck was recovered in Kentucky several days ago, according to the release.

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Wallace is believed to be in Oklahoma, where he’s originally from.

Wallace was previously convicted in September at Miami County Municipal Court for receiving stolen property. He was found to be in possession of a stolen truck. He served a 30-day sentence for that conviction and was released Oct. 17, according to the release.

Authorities believe Wallace be involved in other property crimes in the Piqua area since his release from jail.

Anyone having any information on these cases or the whereabouts of Wallace is asked to call Dep. Shaun Shell at 937-440-6085 ext. 7148.

Anonymous tips can be left on our website, http://www.miamicountysheriff.org.


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