Police stopped pursuit due to the speed and Owens lost sight of the vehicle.
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Butler County dispatchers reported the truck was in a ditch on Ohio 129 near Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Liberty Campus. Dispatchers reported one person was running toward the Cincinnati-Dayton Road exit and the other toward Liberty Center.
“They ran out of gas,” Middletown Police Major David Birk told the Journal-News. “If it wasn’t for that, we may never have found them before they got out of the area.”
Middletown Police Officer Dennis Jordan and police dog Koda began tracking the suspects and found two cell phones near a fence about 20 feet from the truck.
The dog tracked to the Kroger Marketplace on Yankee Road, where a suspect was found trying on new clothes in the store. Matthew Aaron Taylor, 33, of Middletown, was arrested and charged with obstructing official business.
One of the cell phones identified the other suspect, the driver of the car, as Richard Todd. Liberty Center security located Todd in Brio restaurant.
Todd, 38, of Summerfield, Florida, was charged with receiving stolen property, eluding police and driving under suspension. His case has been bound over to a Butler County grand jury for consideration, according to court records.
Taylor, who is charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, failed to show up for court this week in Middletown Municipal Court. A bench warrant for his arrest has been issued.