OSP: Driver of stolen car in pursuit had gun, drugs

A Columbus driver appeared in court Thursday morning following his arrest on numerous felony charges following a high-speed pursuit Wednesday evening through Clark and Champaign counties.

Blake Hairston, 18, is facing felony charges of fleeing and eluding; two counts of receiving stolen property; drug abuse; obstructing official business; improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle; and traffic offenses for speed, no operator’s license, failure to control and for not wearing a seat belt, online Clark County Jail records show. Hairston was being held on $50,000 bond.

FIRST REPORT

A driver and his teenage passenger involved in a high-speed pursuit tonight through Clark and Champaign counties face multiple felony charges.

A white car reported stolen out of Columbus was clocked at 94 mph in an air speed zone on west Interstate 70 near South Vienna, said Sgt. Richard Dixon of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield Post.

A trooper attempted to pull over the car on west Interstate 70, but the driver sped away. The pursuit traveled from I-70 to U.S. 68 just south of Urbana, then from U.S. 68 to Ohio 235 and I-70 at a BP station, Dixon said, when the driver stopped and bailed.

“He just pulled into the BP station and he took off running on foot,” the sergeant said.

Inside the stolen car, troopers found a loaded firearm, heroin and crack cocaine, Dixon said.

The driver was taken to the Clark County Jail, and his passenger, a 16-year-old boy, tonight was at the Springfield Post. The name of the driver has not been released yet while troopers work on filing charges.

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