MIAMI COUNTY — The suspect who led Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers on a high-speed chase through Miami and Montgomery counties appeared this week in court, where it was ordered he would undergo a competency evaluation.
Joshua R. Tobes, 19, of West Bloomfield, Mich., was arraigned in Miami County Municipal Court on fourth-degree felony failure to comply with a police officer and fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property. Tobes is also facing multiple traffic violations including reckless operation and operating a vehicle without a license.
Troopers were notified of a black Honda traveling recklessly southbound on Interstate 75 near the 78-mile post on Sunday. According to Miami County Municipal Court records, a trooper attempted to stop the vehicle near milepost 67 after catching up to it at milepost 69 and witnessing the vehicle make a lane change without signaling.
The vehicle did not stop and instead increased its speed to over 100 miles per hour. The suspect vehicle then exited the highway at Northwoods Boulevard before driving through a ditch and getting back onto southbound I-75. The vehicle continued to weave through traffic until it struck another car, ramped up in the air, and crashed on its top, coming to a stop along the median barrier wall.
A Butler Township Officer assisted the trooper in pulling the driver out of the wrecked vehicle through a back window. The driver was then identified as Tobes and transported to Grandview Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and then released.
According to court records, the Farmington Hills Police Department in Michigan notified the OSHP that the vehicle Tobes had been in was reported stolen early Sunday.
Tobes’ public defender requested a forensic evaluation to determine Tobes’ competency, and Miami County Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Gutmann granted the request. A preliminary hearing for Tobes is scheduled on Aug. 8. He continues to be held at the Miami County Jail on a total bond of $7,500.
In other news:
An Indiana resident was incarcerated at the Miami County Jail after being found traveling through the area with suspected drugs.
Brian R. Klemm, 43, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was arraigned Wednesday in Miami County Municipal Court on two counts of fifth-degree felony possession of drugs and one count of fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools. Klemm was also cited for driving while under suspension and speeding.
An OSHP trooper conducted a traffic stop on Klemm near the 74 milepost on southbound I-75 for speeding on Tuesday. The trooper witnessed multiple knives in the vehicle along with pairs of brass knuckles. Klemm also did not have a driver’s license.
The trooper then had a narcotics detection canine conduct a free air sniff around Klemm’s vehicle, and the dog indicated to drugs possibly being in the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted. According to court records, a bag containing a small amount of suspected crystal meth, cocaine, various smoking pipes, and unscheduled pills was located.
All of the evidence was collected and sent to the OSHP Crime Lab for further analysis.
Klemm is currently being held at the jail on a total bond of $15,000. A preliminary hearing for Klemm is scheduled for Aug. 8.
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