Man who fled police taking case to trial


Brown allegedly led troopers on a high-speed chase through Madison County

By Erin Thompson - ethompson@civitasmedia.com



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A Dayton man charged with leading police on a high-speed chase through Madison County will take his case to trial.

Stephone Brown, 30, is facing a third-degree felony charge of failure to comply in Madison County Common Pleas Court for events that took place July 31, 2016.

That day, the Ohio State Highway Patrol received reports of a vehicle driving recklessly on Interstate 70 eastbound.

A trooper spotted a speeding Dodge Charger weaving through traffic near the intersection of Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 42.

At times, the vehicle was going onto the berm to pass other vehicles, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins.

When the trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Brown sped up, Adkins said. Speeds reached up to 140 mph at times.

For public safety, the pursuit was called off. However, the trooper caught the license plate number of the vehicle and was able to trace the plates back to Dayton.

The owner of the vehicle stated that her sister’s boyfriend, Brown, had the vehicle and was doing repairs on it for her.

Officials pulled up Brown’s photograph and the trooper identified him as the driver of the vehicle.

On Monday, Brown’s lawyer, William Mooney, indicated they intended to take the matter to trial.

“This is a unique case in that the driver wasn’t arrested at the end of the pursuit,” Adkins said.

During Monday’s formal pretrial hearing, Adkins told the judge he had offered Brown a plea deal: one year of jail for a guilty plea. Brown had rejected the deal.

Brown is currently an inmate at Pickaway Correctional Institution for drug and gun possession charges out of Montgomery County.

His jury trial is set to begin Jan. 30.

Also in court Monday:

• Matthew Stewart, 27, of West Jefferson, was arraigned on possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, aggravated possession of meth, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of the chemicals used to produce meth, a second-degree felony.

Stewart was stopped near Norwood Elementary. In his vehicle, officials discovered all the necessary ingredients to make meth in a black bag, according to Adkins.

Stewart will appear in court again Feb. 9 for his informal pretrial hearing. He is currently out on recognizance bond. He is under house arrest and subject to random drug tests.

• Jonathan Morris, 44, of West Jefferson, was arraigned on one count possession of Oxycodone, a fifth-degree felony, and three counts of improper handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, one fourth-degree felony and two fifth-degree felonies.

Last February, troopers discovered Morris in his vehicle in a ditch on State Route 56. He had a loaded pistol in the vehicle. His blood alcohol level was .161, double the legal limit.

He is currently out on recognizance bond, under house arrest with work release privileges and subject to random drug tests.

Morris will appear in court again Feb. 9 for his informal pretrial hearing.

• Christopher Riley, 30, of London, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony. Prosecutors dropped a second possession charge as part of a plea deal.

Riley will be sentenced on Feb. 9. He faces up to one year behind bars and a fine up to $2,500. He is currently out on recognizance bond.

• Rachel Davis, 26, of Plain City, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felonious forgery. Prosecutors dropped a charge of theft as part of a plea deal.

Davis faces up to one year behind bars and a fine up to $2,500.

She will be sentenced Feb. 16. She is currently out on recognizance bond.

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Brown allegedly led troopers on a high-speed chase through Madison County

By Erin Thompson

ethompson@civitasmedia.com

Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.

Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.