By FRANK LEWIS
PDT Staff Writer
Chief Deputy Todd Miller of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office is crediting help from two citizens as an important component in an arrest of a suspected car thief who nearly crashed into a cruiser during a pursuit.
“I can’t stress enough the importance of the two people who called us,” Miller said. “The whole thing began when a citizen called to report someone operating a vehicle recklessly. We got a description. Then another citizen gave us a play-by-play description of where the vehicle was at the time.”
Deputies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol were involved in the pursuit Friday morning that resulted in the apprehension of Jesse P. Dixon, a 27-year-old man of 600 Wolf Run Road, West Portsmouth.
“The State Patrol ran the tag and it came back that it was a stolen vehicle that was on a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) out of New Boston,” Miller said. “The State Patrol called us to see if we had anybody in the area. We started a deputy that way. The stolen vehicle almost hit our deputy. So we flipped on him. We got in a short pursuit. The subject fled on foot in the area of 11th and 12th streets in West Portsmouth. We apprehended the subject shortly thereafter.”
According to the NBPD, Kathy Conklin of 3750 Gallia Street started her car to warm it up, but when she returned to her house someone had stolen the vehicle, a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am.
Capt. Steve Goins said his department put out a BOLO and within 10 minutes Scioto County Sheriff’s deputies began their pursuit.
Miller said the Sheriff’s Office has filed charges of fleeing and eluding and failure to comply with a police order in addition to the charges of receiving stolen property (the vehicle) filed by the New Boston Police Department.
“We really want the public to know we need their help,” Miller said. “Had it not been for the two folks who called us, I don’t know how this would have ended up.”
FRANK LEWIS may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at email@example.com.