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Suspects flee troopers

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers arrested two men Tuesday night for allegedly fleeing police and crashing a vehicle, then ditching a loaded handgun and trying to hide in the woods.

Eliakim Turnbow, 39, of Cleveland, was charged with drug trafficking, drug possession, having a weapon under disability, tampering with evidence, obstruction and fleeing from an officer.

Tremaine Stewart, 20, of the 2000 block of Cleveland Road in Sandusky, was charged with obstruction. He was also arrested on warrants for kidnapping, child endangering, assault, domestic violence, drug paraphernalia and disrupting public service.

A trooper was driving behind Turnbow’s rental vehicle on Ohio 2 when at about 10 p.m. he noticed the license plate registration didn’t match the car, Highway Patrol Lt. Anthony DeChoudens said.

When Turnbow pulled off at the Ohio 101 exit, the trooper activated his lights for a traffic stop, DeChoudens said. The vehicle looped around a McDonald’s parking lot and ran a red light before heading north toward Sandusky.

Turnbow’s vehicle allegedly hit speeds of up to 110 mph, but his attempt to flee by car was soon cut short. The car turned onto a side road and then headed north onto Superior Street, where it was forced into a U-turn on the street’s new cul-de-sac, DeChoudens said.

As the driver tried to navigate back onto Ohio 101 from Superior Street, he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash into the nearby woods, DeChoudens said.

Turnbow and the passenger, Stewart, then allegedly fled the car on foot. They ran into the woods but were quickly apprehended at gunpoint with help from Sandusky police and Erie County deputies, DeChoudens said.

On the road near the crash scene, troopers found a loaded .45-caliber handgun, its hammer cocked. Turnbow allegedly threw the weapon from the vehicle during the chase, troopers said.

Inside the rental car, officers found 253 grams of marijuana in a large bag, as well as several smaller bags of the drug, DeChoudens said.

Stewart had multiple outstanding warrants from Sandusky police.

Turnbow is in the Erie County jail on $100,000 bond, while Stewart is being held on $45,000 bond.

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