Pursuit ends in damaged business

Man arrested for second time in one night


By Melody Vallieu


MIAMI COUNTY — An early morning chase Sunday left a Troy Main Street business in disrepair and a man in jail for the second time in one night.

According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike Whaley, a man who had been arrested at 1 a.m. Sunday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and a lane violation was released from jail, and was back on the road driving by 2:30 a.m.

Whaley said officers again observed the Dayton man, Laramie Lawson, 30, driving the wrong way on a one-way street in the area of Union and East Main streets at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday — just an hour and a half after being released — and attempted to pull him over, resulting in a pursuit. Whaley said the man then fled in his vehicle down East Main Street in Troy.

In his attempt to get away, the suspect hit a parked car, pushing the vehicle into Christian’s Electronic Service, 432 E. Main St., in downtown Troy, causing damage to the front of the building, including breaking the windows and knocking bricks free from the building.

The suspect then continued to flee, leaving Troy, with the chase ending at Ohio 41 and Ohio 235 in Clark County after deputies put down stop sticks to blow the man’s tires, Whaley said.

The driver was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy for minor injuries before being booked at the Miami County Jail, where he remains, Whaley said.

“According to one of the deputies, he was in Troy visiting or breaking up with his girlfriend,” Whaley said.

Lawson faces a host of charges for the pursuit, according to Whaley, including, OVI — under the influence, driving under suspension OVI, failure to comply fleeing/eluding and several traffic offenses, including marked lanes, stop sign, one-way highways, failure to control and not stopping after an accident on the street.

The Troy Police Department had just arrested Lawson one week ago on Saturday, July 23, for DUI, DUS, a left-of-center traffic violation and a warrant out of Dayton, according to the Troy Police Department.


Man arrested for second time in one night

Reach Melody Vallieu at mvallieu@civitasmedia.com or (937) 5520-2131.

Reach Melody Vallieu at mvallieu@civitasmedia.com or (937) 5520-2131.