Two charged after traffic stop turns into pursuit

By Alexandra Newman - [email protected]

SIDNEY — Two people were arrested and charged after a traffic stop turned into a pursuit situation early Thursday morning.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Trooper made a traffic stop for speed, just north of Piqua on northbound Interstate 75, at about 4 a.m., according to officials.

When the trooper made contact with the female driver they noticed the smell of alcohol and made her step from the vehicle. While the trooper was talking to the female back at their patrol car, a male passenger in the vehicle slid into the driver’s seat and took off northbound toward Sidney.

The trooper did not chase the vehicle, but followed it. The vehicle exited at the Fair Road exit and another traffic stop was initiated by the Sidney Police Department and another OSHP trooper near the Sunoco Gas Station.

The male driver stopped and fled on foot. He was tased and placed under arrest.

Law enforcement did a search of the vehicle, and persons, and found a loaded revolver and marijuana.

The original female driver, Teeria Curry, 21, of Louisville, Kentucky, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and possession of marijuana.

The male second driver, David Thomas, 39, also of Louisville, Kentucky, had an active warrant out of Kentucky. He was also charged with failure to comply and obstructing justice.

No one was charged for the fire arm yet, OSHP said, they still have more investigating to do.

Thomas and Curry were both transported to the Miami County Jail. A third passenger in the vehicle, also from Louisville, Kentucky, who was asleep during the whole event, was released with no charges.

The incident resulted in no injuries and no damage to property.

By Alexandra Newman

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Reach this writer at 937-538-4825; follow on Twitter @SDNAlexandraN