Two indicted after multi-county chase that began in Highland County


Two men who reportedly led authorities on a pursuit that began in Highland County were indicted by a Clinton County Grand Jury on Monday.

James Crolley, 33, Germantown, and Michael McGlothin, 30, New Lebanon, were indicted on charges related to a police chase that allegedly began on SR 73 in Highland County and ended on the same route in Warren County when authorities stopped the fleeing vehicle with spike strips.

Crolley, the alleged driver, was indicted on one count of failure to comply and one count of tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies.

McGlothin, who was reportedly a passenger in the vehicle, was indicted on one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the chase began when officers attempted to stop a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix at about 4:43 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the area of SR 73 and Welcome Road outside of Hillsboro, and it “took off.”

Officials said the vehicle fled west on SR 73 and continued into Clinton County, where it drove the wrong way on the four-lane Wilmington bypass.

The pursuit continued on SR 73 across the Warren County line and through the Harveysburg area, where it again went the wrong way on a four-lane stretch of road, authorities said.

Officers put an end to the chase with stop sticks after the Grand Prix had apparent engine trouble, according to the OSHP.

The Grand Prix and two police cruisers were damaged during the chase, but no injuries were reported.

According to the OSHP, law enforcement found methamphetamine, needles, scales, empty capsules and pills inside the Grand Prix after the incident.

Crolley and McGlothin are listed as incarcerated at the Clinton County Jail.


State patrol pursuit originated in Highland County

By David Wright

and Gary Huffenberger

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