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Tenn. woman faces local charges

NORTH BLOOMFIELD — A Sneedville, Tenn., woman faces a host of charges after Trumbull County sheriff deputies reported a high-speed chase Friday morning through Bloomfield Township.

Wendy Johnson, 26, is charged with fleeing and eluding, possession of criminal tools, receiving stolen property, obstructing official business, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension, according to Newton Falls Municipal Court records.

A court official said warrants have been issued for Johnson, who Trumbull County jail records show was released at 6:32 a.m. Friday.

No arraignment has been scheduled.

According to sheriff reports, deputies spotted a silver Chevrolet Trailblazer acting suspiciously near the intersection of state Route 87 and Combs Road shortly after 3 a.m. When a deputy tried to make a traffic stop along state Route 87, the driver accelerated away, driving eastbound. The deputy gave chase, with speeds reaching 85 mph, when the report states the SUV abruptly braked at the intersection of state Routes 87 and 45, and a passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

The passenger, a man wearing camouflage, fled southbound through a car lot.

While the man was fleeing, the woman driving the SUV then took off eastbound, this time reaching speeds of 100 mph. Again the driver abruptly stopped in the 600 block of state Route 87. The deputy reported holding the driver at gunpoint until other authorities arrived, the report states.

A search of the vehicle uncovered a glass pipe with burn marks, large amount of foreign currency, a freshly cut catalytic converter, a cordless reciprocating saw, two hand saws, bolt cutters as well as batteries and spare saw blades. In the center console, deputies found one pill, a clear rock-like susbstance suspected of being methamphetamine and a dollar bill rolled up containing a white powdery substance. The items in the console were sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing, the report states.

The woman, who first gave deputies a false name, later said she was staying at a Kinsman hotel with the man who ran away. An identification card was taken as evidence, the report states.

A search by a police dog did not turn up the man who fled, the report states.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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