“We were informed by the witness that the driver of the vehicle had left the scene and ran into the woods,” the affidavit says. “(Troopers) proceeded into the woods to look for the suspect. We searched the dark heavily wooded area for approximately 45 minutes. The area was extremely dangerous due to not being able to see where we were walking. The mud, terrain forests and large creek created an officer safety issue due to the fact that we did not know if the suspect was armed or not.”
An Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter was in the area, the affidavit says, and was used to search for the suspect.