Suspect in police pursuit caught

PIQUA — A man suspected of starting a police chase in July was booked into the Miami County Jail this week on a warrant for his arrest.

James E. Taylor, 39, of Huber Heights, is facing charges of third-degree felony failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, fourth-degree felony assault, and first-degree misdemeanor theft. Taylor was arraigned on those charges on Tuesday in Miami County Municipal Court.

The incident took place on July 19, after Piqua police responded to Walmart after employees called 9-1-1 to report a subject shoplifting at approximately 4 a.m. that day. The suspect fled from the scene as an officer arrived. According to previous reports, the vehicle took off and almost hit the responding officer.

The suspect’s vehicle drove through the Walmart parking lot, to Looney Road, to Ash Street, and then southbound Interstate 75.

Piqua police followed the vehicle, but called off the pursuit due to safety concerns. The Ohio State Highway Patrol attempted to pick up the pursuit, but were unsuccessful. Troy police later found the suspect’s vehicle off Eldean Road.

The vehicle had three passengers inside, but the suspect was not located. A warrant was then issued for Taylor, who allegedly stole a backpack with other items inside it from Walmart.

The three passengers in the vehicle were not charged.

Taylor is being held in the jail on a total bond of $37,500. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13.

In other news:

• Charges were also filed in connection with two vacuum cleaners reported being stolen from Walmart on Aug. 28. The initial report stated a male subject left the store with the vacuum cleaners without paying.

Michael H. Cotterman, 46, of Sidney, was charged with first-degree misdemeanor theft on Wednesday. Sheila M. Tron, 38, of Houston, was also charged with first-degree misdemeanor complicity in connection with this incident.

• Marcus E. Turnbill, 45, of Piqua, was also charged after allegedly shoplifting at Walmart. Turnbill was charged with first-degree misdemeanor theft in connection with an incident in which a male subject stole four vehicle tires from Walmart on Saturday at approximately 11:30 a.m.

• Alissa J. Brown, 23, of Piqua, and Brandon M. Perry, 23, of Piqua, were recently charged with first-degree misdemeanor falsification. The charges are in connection with a reported hit-and-run accident on Glenwood Avenue on Aug. 13. A vehicle reportedly struck a tree and fled the scene. Both were arraigned on Wednesday in Miami County Municipal Court.

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Huber Heights man being held in jail

By Sam Wildow

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