Man arrested after leading Clark County deputies on chase

A man was arrested after leading Clark County deputies on a high-speed pursuit and manhunt in the area of Ohio 235 and South Church Street in New Carlise on Friday.

Friday morning’s pursuit and manhunt began at Crystal Lakes when deputies spotted a stolen vehicle out of Wilimington, Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said

That’s where Burchett said her deputies spotted a man, identified as Michael Downing, 45, of Dayton, get into a vehicle and try to drive away.

Deputies chased Downey to New Carlisle where he got out of the car and ran. Deputies later found him hiding in a shed at a house on South Church Street, Burchett said.

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“They found him and were able to talk him out of there,” Burchett said.

Downing had state warrants for charges of trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, obstructing and falsification, according to the sheriff.

After he was arrested, Downing was booked into the Clark County Jail on an additional charge of fleeing and alluding police, among others, Burchett said.

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One New Carlisle woman had a front row seat to Friday morning’s chase. Elizabeth Miller was on her front porch with her young son, Carter, when she saw Downing pull up.

“I see this man pull up in front of the house, I thought he was going to hit the tree,” Miller said. “It was a little scary. I went back inside, there was guns out, tasers out, there was dogs.”

Miller said she saw Downing run from the car, but also saw police approach the passenger side of the car, where a female was screaming.

“She was screaming, ‘what did I do, what did I do,’” Miller said. “She was screaming, she was freaking out, they pulled her out of the car and put her in the back of the cruiser.”

Clark County deputies said they detained the woman at the scene but did not arrest her.

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