Chillicothe – A police pursuit through the streets of Chillicothe on January 28th culminated in the arrest of John Whitley, 37, on multiple charges, including failure to comply, obstructing official business, and possession of narcotics (pending lab results).
Officer’s Observation: Officer observed a tan Dodge van parked outside a known “narcotics house” and later saw the driver, identified as John Whitley, enter the residence. After the van left and committed several traffic violations, the officer initiated a traffic stop.
High-Speed Chase: Whitley refused to stop, leading the officer on a high-speed chase through city streets, reaching speeds of up to 90 mph in wet and rainy conditions. During the pursuit, a clear baggie containing a white substance was thrown from the passenger window.
Apprehension and Investigation: Whitley eventually crashed his vehicle, fled on foot, and was apprehended by the officer. He admitted to having active warrants and stated that Robert Matthews, a passenger in the van, threw the baggie. Christina Hill, another passenger, claimed she begged Whitley to stop the car.
Other Findings: Officers found another baggie near the vehicle that reportedly belonged to Hill but contained nothing illegal. Robert and Christina denied knowledge of the thrown baggie. Christina was transported to the hospital for evaluation, while John and Robert refused medical attention. The vehicle was towed, and John was booked into the Ross County Jail.
Additional Charges: John faces additional charges pending lab results on the seized baggies. The officer also issued warrants for driving under suspension and obstructing official business.
Disclaimer: This news story is based solely on the information provided in the police report and does not include statements from any other parties involved. It is important to note that charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.