PIQUA — Two Tennessee men are facing charges after a pursuit involving the Ohio State Highway Patrol and stolen car ends in a wreck in downtown Piqua on Wednesday morning.
Mikal Yandal, 19, of the Nashville, Tenn. area, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony failure to comply and fleeing along with fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property. Elijah Ray, 18, also of the Nashville, Tenn. area, was also charged with fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property in connection with this incident.
Sgt. Jeff Kramer of the Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) said that, at approximately 7:30 a.m., he attempted to stop the suspect vehicle for excessive speeds on Interstate-75 in Montgomery County. The vehicle did not pull over, and troopers pursued the vehicle northbound on I-75. The chase reached speeds over 100 miles per hour.
The suspect vehicle exited the highway onto County Road 25-A, headed for downtown Piqua. Kramer said that the OSHP terminated the pursuit at that point, and a Piqua police officer found the suspect vehicle wrecked near the corner of Main and North streets in downtown Piqua near the Shell gas station.
The occupants fled on foot, Sgt. Kramer said. There was possibly a third person involved, but troopers were able to take two suspects, Yandal and Ray, into custody.
The suspect vehicle involed the pursuit was found to have been stolen. A handgun was also recovered from the vehicle.
Yandal and Ray are currently being held in the Miami County Jail.
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