Middletown man bound over to grand jury on more charges after police chase

A Middletown man was bound over to a Warren County grand jury Tuesday for felony charges as a result of a short vehicle pursuit and foot chase on Nov. 16.

Johnny Marchesani, 34, of Middletown, was bound over following a preliminary hearing from Franklin Municipal Court on charges of fleeing, a third-degree felony, and obstructing official business and receiving stolen property, both fifth-degree felonies; and a misdemeanor charge of driving under suspension. Marchesani is accused of driving a stolen vehicle and fleeing from police.

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The court dismissed a charge of obeying a traffic control device from that incident.

After a pre-trial conference Tuesday, Marchesani was also bound over on misdemeanor charges of OVI and unauthorized use of plates for a previous incident.

Marchesani is being held on a $25,000 bond at the Warren County Jail.

On Nov. 5, Marchesani waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Franklin Court where he was bound over to a Warren County grand jury on felony charges of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. A driving under suspension/license forfeiture charge was dismissed by the court.

He had been released from jail prior to the Nov. 16 incident.

About 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16, a Franklin police officer checked the registration of a vehicle traveling northbound on Riley Boulevard in the area of East Second Street and found that the vehicle had been reported stolen. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle as it fled northbound onto North Main Street.

Police said the slow speed pursuit continued onto North Dixie Highway when the suspect’s vehicle was forced to stop due to mechanical issues.

Marchesani allegedly fled westbound on foot into an adjacent field. Police were assisted by units from seven neighboring departments as well as four separate K-9 units and the Franklin Division of Fire to search the scene and the perimeter.

Police said the K-9 teams tracked Marchesani southbound along the Great Miami River Bike Trail. About 11:28 p.m., a passer-by told police searching the perimeter about seeing a person in the wood line near the 1000-block of North Main Street. Police checked the location and found Marchesani hiding in a culvert near that address.

Franklin police were assisted by units from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Carlisle police, Miami Twp. police, Miamisburg police, Middletown police.

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