High Speed Chase In Ashland Ends In Arrest, OVI Charges

  • 2/15/2019 8:53:46 PM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - A high-speed pursuit occurred overnight in Ashland, ending in the suspect facing six separate charges including OVI.

Ashland Police Division attempted to stop a vehicle after it blew through the stop sign at Troy Road and U.S. Route 250 at 12:27 a.m. on Friday.

According to early reports, the vehicle was all over the road and was reaching speeds of around 100MPH.

Ashland Police Division Officers contacted the Ashland Post of the Highway Patrol and the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office to notify them of the high-speed pursuit.

The suspect, later identified as Nicholas Dotson, 34, of Nova, was driving a 2017 Black Kia. Dotson fled to his residence at 852 Township Road 350, exited his vehicle, and was held at taser-point till other Officers arrived on scene.

Deputies noted in their report that Dotson was unsteady on his feet, was stumbling, and appeared to be constantly off balance.

Deputies noted that they detected a strong odor of alcohol and asked Dotson if he had been consuming alcohol. At first, Dotson refused to answer, but then said that he had consumed several shots.

“Once at my cruiser,” Deputy Forsthoefel said in a report, “the suspect stiffened up, attempted to pull away from Deputy Hall, and began resisting our attempts to place him in my cruiser.” Eventually, APD Officers and ACSO Deputies were able to place Dotson in the cruiser.

Although Dotson refused to provide a breath sample he was cited with the following charges:

1. OVI (DRUGS/ALCOHOL) (4511.19)

2. C.D.L.; ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS (OVI) AND RESTRICTIONS (4506.15)

3. MARKED LANES (331.08)

4. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN ORDER OR SIGNAL OF A POLICE OFFICER; ELUDE OR FLEE; COMMISSION OF A FELONY (2921.33)

5. RECKLESS OPERATION; STREET OR HIGHWAY (4511.20)

6. STOP SIGN VIOLATION (331.01)

Dotson was booked into the Ashland County Jail.

All charges are under review with the Ashland County Prosecutor's Office.

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