LOGAN — A high-speed chase of a stolen vehicle, lead to an accident Monday evening in the construction zone on the U.S. 33 bridge between state Route 93 and state Route 664. Two men were arrested as a result of the chase.
On Monday, a detective of the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office was at the Sunoco gas station on East Front Street fueling his vehicle when he observed three people in a vehicle acting overly suspicious. The detective checked the license plate and learned that the vehicle had been stolen from Athens County.
As the vehicle left the gas station, the detective followed the vehicle and requested a patrol unit to respond and stop the vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit detectives attempted to make a traffic stop in the westbound lanes of U.S. 33 as it merged off of state Route 328.
Instead of pulling over, the vehicle accelerated to a high speed in an attempt to flee from law enforcement. Detectives observed the passengers throwing out what appeared to be small plastic baggies from the windows as they continued westbound on U.S. 33.
As the vehicle was approaching the construction zone on U.S. 33, the detectives slowed down and backed off of the pursuit due to safety concerns. The vehicle continued to drive at a high rate of speed until it struck a concrete barrier and another vehicle causing both vehicles to come to a stop within the construction zone.
As soon as detectives observed the crash they radioed for assistance from Hocking County EMS and the Logan Fire Department. Detectives helped the occupants of both vehicles until emergency services arrived on scene.
The stolen vehicle had collided with a car carrying a mother and her child. They were medically cleared by EMS at the scene and released with no serious injuries.
The female driver of the stolen vehicle was transported by EMS to the Hocking Valley Community Hospital and later flown to a Columbus area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The two males were medically cleared and then transported to HCSO for questioning.
Detectives conducted an inventory of the vehicle and found suspected narcotics, various items of drug paraphernalia and items that had been reported stolen.
Nicolas J. C. Conkel, 27, of Plain City, and Jeremiah R. Stufflebeam, 37, of Logan, were placed under arrest for receiving stolen property, a felony of the fourth degree, and transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.
Additional charges against the two males and the female driver will be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date. The female’s name is being withheld because formal charges have not been filed.
Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the scene to handle the accident investigation, and two others that had occurred involving onlookers of the crash scene.