EATON — Two Dayton residents were arrested last Thursday, Dec. 2, after a traffic pursuit which occurred on U.S. 35, west of Eaton.
According to Sheriff Mike Simpson, on Thursday morning at approximately 2:36 a.m., deputies received a report of an erratic driver entering Eaton on East Main Street.
“A deputy encountered the vehicle on West Main Street a short time later. A check of the license plate revealed that the vehicle was stolen from the City of Dayton,” Simpson reported.
Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle near U.S. 35 and Washington Jackson Road. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit traveled for approximately five miles at speeds near 100 mph, according to Simpson. The driver stopped in a residential driveway on U.S. 35 at Murray Road.
“Both occupants fled from the vehicle and were apprehended by deputies after a short foot pursuit,” Simpson said.
The driver was identified as Sauvignon F. West, 18, of Dayton. The passenger was identified as Claude S. Page IV, 20, also of Dayton.
“West admitted to deputies that they both were involved in stealing the vehicle in Dayton,” Simpson said.
West was booked into the Preble County Jail on charges including receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor; failure to comply with order of a police officer, a third-degree felony and reckless operation of a motor vehicle, a minor misdemeanor.
Page was booked into the Preble County Jail on charges including receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.
The case will be submitted to the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office today for review and filing of formal charges in Eaton Municipal Court, according to Simpson. Dayton Police Division may also file additional charges related to the theft that occurred in Dayton, he reported.
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