A Hillsboro man who allegedly was standing dangerously in the street and later fled from an officer Wednesday already had an active warrant from the Adult Parole Authority (APA).
An affidavit filed with the Hillsboro Municipal Court stated that an officer with the Hillsboro Police Department was patrolling the area of North High Street and Collins Avenue around 9 a.m. Wednesday when he observed a “male subject … standing in the middle of … the roadway in such a manner as to create a danger to himself.”
When the officer reportedly turned the patrol vehicle around to speak with the subject, he was no longer in sight. The affidavit added that the subject was later located in a nearby parking lot.
According to the affidavit, the officer started speaking with the suspect and “noticed that he appeared to be under the influence.” When asked if he was “high,” the subject reportedly said that he had been drinking, the affidavit added.
The officer reported that when he attempted to identify him, the subject “proceeded to flee,” as stated in the affidavit. He was apprehended and identified as Dusty Cox, 35. The officer then discovered that Cox had an active warrant from the APA.
The affidavit added that during a search the following were found on Cox’s person: a pair of brass knuckles, a syringe, and a pipe.
On Thursday, Cox appeared on a charges of carrying a concealed weapon, a first-degree misdemeanor; obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor; and possession of drug abuse instruments, also a second-degree misdemeanor.
He pled guilty to the latter charges, according to records. A total of 90 days in jail were imposed, with an additional 90 days suspended, records added.
Cox was placed on reporting probation. His license was suspended for three years. He must obtain counseling and observe a curfew.
A pretrial on his weapon charge is set for October, records showed.
In addition, according the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Cox is currently under APA supervision on convictions for burglary and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, second and third-degree felonies, respectively.
Reach Sarah Allen at 937-393-3456, ext. 1680, or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.
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