By HEATHER POHLABEL
Daily Globe Staff Reporter
SHELBY - A routine traffic stop on late Sunday afternoon turned into quite the spectacle on Water Street, involving several State Highway Patrol cruisers, Shelby Police Department, and the Richland County Sheriff.
According to Sergeant Bryan Nelson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, “troopers were coming through town and ran the license plates of this vehicle. The registered owner came back as having a suspended license so the troopers matched the description of the registered owner with the driver of the vehicle. They followed the vehicle, which made a couple of sharp turns and then pulled into the parking lot, and the driver took off on foot. He went across Main Street and toward the high school football field. Other officers in the area came to assist in the search. There were two passengers in the vehicle. They were cooperative and both identified the driver as the registered owner. Shelby PD was able to locate the guy a couple of streets over after receiving a tip. He was taken into custody without incident. He will face fleeing and driving under suspension charges.” The driver was also found to have a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle, which Nelson stated was likely the reason for the subject to flee. Nelson stated the subject would be incarcerated in the Richland County Jail to await his court date.