Pursuit Monday Starts in Findlay ends in Wyandot County

Written by on November 16, 2022

Just before 2pm Monday, Findlay Police Officers were called to 224 Monroe Ave in Findlay for a male threatening another male with a knife. The suspect male left prior to Officer’s arrival, but was located in the 1500 blk of Bright Rd. A traffic stop was made and the male initially complied with the stop. During the stop the male fled in his car. Officers began pursuing the male throughout the City of Findlay. The male then got on I-75 southbound and then exited onto State Route 15 heading east. At one point in the pursuit the male pointed a handgun out of his window at pursuing Officers. The pursuit then continued southeast on State Route 15. Just north of Upper Sandusky, OH the subject exited of SR 15 onto US Route 30 heading west. He then crossed the median and went back east on US 30 and back north on SR 15. He went north and then exited to the east on Township Highway 103. He crossed State Route 199 and went east on Township Highway 29. The subject lost control of his vehicle near Township Highway 300 and struck a telephone pole. The vehicle came to a stop just east of TH 300. The male exited his vehicle with two knives, and was not complying with any orders given. He was struck was two less-lethal bean bag rounds, but was still non-compliant. A Taser was deployed and the male dropped the knives and was taken into custody.

The pursuit went a total distance of 57.7 miles and lasted 59 minutes from the time of the initial traffic stop until he was in custody. Speeds inside the City of Findlay reached over 80 MPH, and outside of Findlay they reached speeds over 110 MPH. Assisting in the pursuit were Deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, and Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The male, identified as Michael L. Struble (46 y/o) of Findlay, OH, was arrested for Aggravated Menacing, OVI, and Fail to Stop after Accident. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash at the conclusion of the pursuit. The male was later admitted to the hospital due to his injuries. He was issued an OR Bond for his charges and Felony charges of Flee and Elude will possibly be submitted at the conclusion of this investigation.

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