MIAMI COUNTY — Gun parts, heroin and more than 100 grams of methamphetamine were discovered following a 17-mile pursuit as two men fled from Piqua Police during a traffic stop late Wednesday evening.
Austin Stahl, 21, of Piqua, was arraigned Thursday in Miami County Municipal Court on multiple felony charges. Stahl’s bond was set at $140,000 for all charges. Stahl was charged with second-degree felony complicity, third-degree felony failure to comply, tampering with evidence and having a weapon while under disability and two counts of fourth-degree felony complicity and one count of fifth-degree complicity.
The driver, Mark Yount, 34, of Dayton, is set to be arraigned on charges Friday. Yount was charged with OVI, a third-degree felony failure to comply with police officers, fourth-degree assault, two counts of third-degree trafficking drugs, third-degree felony tampering with evidence and weapons under disability.
A female passenger was also in the vehicle but was not charged in the incident.
Yount refused to test and stated he had swallowed $40 worth of methamphetamine during the pursuit. Yount also admitted that he fled from Dayton Police officers earlier that evening with Stahl being the driver in that incident.
A book bag thrown from the vehicle in the 700 block of Dixie Drive had hypodermic needles, digital scales, a Glock magazine, more than 100 grams of suspected meth, 99 pills of Xanax, seven capsules of suspected heroin and 10 pain pills.
According to reports, Yount was driving the 2016 silver Toyota vehicle in the area of High Street and North Downing Street in Piqua when he made a turn and ran over a curb. A Piqua Police Department officer witnessed Yount’s traffic error and attempted to make a stop. Yount ran a stop light and continued southbound on Downing Street. A pursuit through the county ensued and Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies picked up the pursuit into Troy in the area of Experiment Farm Road. The vehicle continued to Stanfield Road and onto McKaig Road where a Troy Police officer deployed stop sticks. The pursuit continued through Troy and Yount paused long enough to let Stahl and a female passenger out of the vehicle around Union Street. Yount later lost control of the vehicle near Patton and Floral roads and attempted to flee on foot. Parts of a 9mm Glock were found at the scene.
A Troy police officer was injured during the incident and received 14 stitches in his hand during a stop stick deployment.