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Three Arrested in OSP Stop in Pickaway County


Three individuals were apprehended, and two were charged with drug-related offenses after a routine traffic stop conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on US-23. The stop, initiated for a moving violation, led to the discovery of drugs in the vehicle and subsequent arrests. Chad Temple, Ashley Byers, and Victoria Sudderth are currently detained in the Pickaway County Jail facing various charges.

Full Report:

In a routine traffic stop on US-23 near Picway Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) made significant drug-related arrests on April 11, 2024. The operation, triggered by a moving violation, unfolded into a drug bust as troopers discovered narcotics within the vehicle.

During the stop, Trooper Morningstar of the Highway Patrol detained the driver, identified as Chad Temple, upon learning of an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Ross County. Subsequently, drugs were reportedly found on the driver’s side of the vehicle, prompting OSP to summon assistance from Officer Morningstar and the Pickaway County Sheriff K9 unit for further investigation.

Upon arrival, the K9 unit alerted to the presence of drugs in other areas of the vehicle. As a result, three additional occupants were removed from the vehicle for questioning. Ashley Byers, seated in the front passenger seat, was found to be in possession of drugs both on her person and in the vicinity of the vehicle. Another passenger, identified as Victoria Sudderth, was discovered to have an active warrant for failure to appear.

The following individuals were arrested and charged accordingly:

  1. Chad Temple (41): Charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule I and II drugs, and being a fugitive from justice.
  2. Ashley Byers (36): Charged with possession of crack cocaine and two counts of possession of Schedule I or II drugs.
  3. Victoria Sudderth (41): Charged with failure to appear.

All three individuals are currently detained in the Pickaway County Jail pending further legal proceedings.

The successful operation underscores the commitment of law enforcement agencies in Pickaway County to combatting drug-related crimes and ensuring public safety. Authorities continue to urge vigilance in reporting suspicious activities and reaffirm their dedication to upholding the law and preserving community well-being.