On Sunday afternoon, the pursuit of a suspicious vehicle led to Hillsboro police finding numerous drug-related items, including methamphetamine and heroin, according to a press release from the Hillsboro Police Department.
At approximately 3:40 p.m., a Hillsboro police officer on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle alongside Fairground Road. When the officer turned around, the vehicle, a 2001 Saturn, sped away.
When the officer activated his overhead flashing lights and siren, the driver of the Saturn accelerated, leading to a pursuit that did not end until the suspect crashed into a guard rail, in the 6000 block of S.R. 138, traveling toward Greenfield.
The Highland County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and road patrol deputies arrived at the scene to assist Hillsboro police.
The driver was identified as Jacob Wright, 27, of Leesburg. An officer secured him until Paint Creek Fire Department arrived, following which, Wright was transported to Highland District Hospital for possible injuries.
No officers or citizens were injured during the pursuit or crash.
After being treated, Wright was transported to the Highland County Justice Center.
According to the press release, Hillsboro police officers “collected evidence of items to manufacture methamphetamine, finished product of methamphetamine, a small amount of heroin, and drug paraphernalia,” during the investigation.
In addition, Wright was found to have two outstanding warrants. One was for falsification, a misdemeanor, previously filed by the Hillsboro Police Department in an unrelated matter.
The second was an outstanding warrant from the Highland County Common Pleas Court for failure to appear on dangerous drugs, with no bond.
According to the press release, the Hillsboro Police Department will recommend additional charges to the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office as a result of Sunday’s incident. The charges will be reviewed and then presented to a grand jury session and are likely to include failure to comply with a police officer, aggravated possession of drugs, and illegal assembly of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine.
The above possible charges are all felonies.