EP K-9 puts end to chase
LISBON– With the assistance of a cop named Toney, the highway patrol arrested Ayvree Spratley, 22, of Bedford, and Benasia Lucas, 21, of Cleveland, following a pursuit that began shortly after midnight Wednesday.
The pursuit began after a patrol trooper tried to stop a pickup truck traveling 86 mph on state Route 11 in Elkrun Township, which was clear of traffic. The patrol said the initial pursuit was terminated because of worsening weather.
After the vehicle was re-encountered about 20 minutes later by troopers at the Sunoco Station at Routes 7 and 14, the pursuit continued. The truck continued east on Route 14 and entered Pennsylvania, where the Pennsylvania State police (PSP) joined in the chase.
Eventually, PSP alerted the patrol that the truck was re-entering Ohio on Route 14, where troopers had placed spiked stop strips along the road to disable the vehicle.
When two highway patrol vehicles caught up to the truck, it was barely rolling on the road. The windows were tinted, so the troopers couldn’t tell if anyone was operating the vehicle. According to patrol, the two patrol vehicles eventually boxed the truck in, and it rolled into the right side of the SUV patrol car.
According to the patrol, two men and a woman fled the truck on foot, and East Palestine K-9 Toney tracked down Spratley and Lucas to a barn off Rauch Road in Unity Township. The other person got away.
Suspected drugs found in the truck were sent to the crime lab in Columbus. Powder substances in sandwich bags were found as well as a box of bags.
The patrol said Spratley, reportedly the driver, was charged with failure to comply and resisting arrest.
The two suspects were in county Municipal Court on Thursday morning for video arraignments.
A Dec. 12 preliminary hearing was set for the Spratley, charged with failure to comply with orders of signals of a police officer. His bond is set at $50,000 cash or surety on the felony charge.
A Dec. 12 pretrial was set for Lucas, charged with failure to comply for fleeing from the patrol. Lucas’ bond was set at $2,500 cash or surety, which she later posted.