Two individuals who led authorities on a multi-county pursuit in a stolen vehicle were indicted Monday by a Fulton County grand jury.
Joshua L. Meyer, 26, of Defiance, was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property, one count of failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Additionally, Jessica S. Ripke, 24, of Toledo, was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
On Jan. 5, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office that two individuals with active warrants were in the Pulaski area.
At that time, Meyer was wanted on felony warrants out of Defiance County alleging theft and failure to appear, with a caution for possession of firearms, and Ripke had an active felony warrant out of Henry County alleging aggravated possession of drugs.
The two were said by authorities to have been driving a red 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, stolen from Hicksville.
Authorities said they located that vehicle outside of Stryker that evening, at County Road 18, south of County Road H.50, where a traffic stop was initiated.
The driver fled, according to law enforcement, continuing into West Unity, where they turned onto U.S. 20A, continuing eastbound into Fulton County.
There, a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy deployed road spikes, bringing the vehicle to a halt on U.S. 20A, east of Wauseon.
According to radio traffic at the time of the incident, speeds were said to have reached upwards of 100 mph.
Meyer and Ripke were taken into custody and remain at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
Also assisting in the pursuit were Stryker Police Department, Wauseon Police Department, West Unity Police Department and the Williams County Central Communications Agency.