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Car, foot pursuit ends in Maumee

December 6, 2018

A local man went to great lengths to avoid arrest : landing in a river.

Police on patrol about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday noticed that the driver of a gray Pontiac Grand Prix didn’t have his seat belt fastened and pulled him over.

When the officer walked up to the car, he noticed a strong smell of marijuana, court documents said. The driver did not have a driver’s license or proof of insurance but did have a vehicle registration.

The traffic stop proceeded normally at McKinnie and Southpark avenues until a second officer showed up.

Elijah Soto-Pitts, 23, of the 3400 block of Newport Avenue, then started his car and sped off leading the police on a chase through the south side of town.

After he crashed into another vehicle at South Anthony Boulevard and Wayne Street, he got out of his car and ran through an alley, court records said.

One officer noted that Soto-Pitts appeared to be reaching into his waistband or holding something up in his waistband as he ran. 

Soto-Pitts ran across the train tracks and down an embankment into the Maumee River.

Once in the river, he stayed there for several minutes until he was ordered to climb up the embankment, which he did, court records said.

Authorities discovered Soto-Pitts had never had a driver’s license.

Soto-Pitts was charged with felony resisting law enforcement with misdemeanor charges for resisting law enforcement, leaving the scene of an accident and intentionally operating a motor vehicle without having received a license.

He was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $3,250 bail.

He has a court hearing Monday. 

jduffy@jg.net

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