BRUNSWICK — Authorities are still looking for two men who ran from police following a two-county chase Thursday evening that began here and ended in Cleveland, Medina County Drug Task Force Executive Director Gary Hubbard said Tuesday.
According to a statement released by the task force, Brunswick police responded to a report from a local business of a suspicious vehicle in a Center Road parking lot around 7:40 p.m. Thursday.
The vehicle then left the area traveling eastbound along Center Road.
Police attempted to conduct a routine traffic stop near Center and Interstate 71, but the driver took off heading south on I-71 at a “high rate of speed.”
Brunswick police started the chase aided by a trooper from the Ohio Highway Patrol.
The car continued south on I-71 until it made an abrupt U-turn near the Interstate 271 split. The car then went back north on I-71 until the driver lost control of the car north of the West 65th Street exit in Cleveland.
The car spun out and stopped on the highway. No other cars were hit.
The male driver and a male passenger fled on foot and were not located. A trooper arrested a female passenger at the scene.
Shaunell D. Dobson
Shaunell D. Dobson, 22, of Cleveland, is facing a charge of complicity to traffic cocaine, a first-degree felony. Dobson was transported to the Medina County Jail before being released on a $2,500 bond Friday.
Both cocaine and heroin were found in the vehicle. Hubbard said he was not aware of how much of each drug was recovered.
“We have not got it weighed yet from the lab or anything yet so I don’t know the exact amount,” he said.
Hubbard said that while no additional charges have been filed against Dobson, it is still a possibility.
“Potentially drug possession, tampering with evidence, charges like that and then for the driver fleeing and eluding,” he said.
The driver is believed to be Joe L. Thompson of Cleveland, the task force statement said. Additional information about Thompson or the male passenger were not available. A description of the vehicle was not provided as well.
Brunswick police Chief Brian Ohlin did not return calls for comment and a Brunswick police report was not available.
Hubbard declined to disclose the name of the business where the incident began.
Hubbard said it is unusual for a task force case to result in a vehicular chase with police.
“We are involved in hundreds of cases each year and maybe a half of 1 percent end up fleeing like this from agents or from officers even,” he said.