Type of Incident: Vehicle Pursuit
Date & Time of Incident: July 17, 2018 @ 8:07 p.m.
Location of Incident: Circle K, 464 E Sandusky Street
The Findlay Police Department was contacted by employees of Circle K, regarding a possible intoxicated male. The male got into a vehicle that was confirmed to be stolen out of Wyandot County. Officers arrived on scene, located the male and vehicle. As they approached the male, he got into the vehicle and tried to flee. He struck two Findlay Police vehicles before making it onto South Blanchard Street. The male led officers out of town and circled around the southeast corner of the county for approximately 15 miles. The vehicle’s engine began to fail and the vehicle stopped on TR 258 near CR 7. The male fled on foot into a nearby corn field. Officers gave chase, but lost sight of the suspect. Ohio State Highway Patrol, Hancock County Sheriff, Wyandot County Sheriff, Seneca County Sheriff and other agencies assisted in a search of the area. A Law Enforcement drone and a State Patrol helicopter were also deployed. The male was not located and the search was terminated. Officers have a solid lead on the identity of the suspect.
The suspect in this case has been identified as Jesse Sleasman, age 27, from Arcadia, Ohio. Mr. Sleasman was taken into custody on unrelated warrants by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office early this morning, following another pursuit incident.
The Findlay Police continue to investigate the incident. Upon the completion of the investigation, applicable charges will be sought through the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office. No injuries were reported as a result of the pursuit and subsequent search for Mr. Sleasman.
Current Status: Under Investigation
Findlay Police Department
Lt. Ryan Doe
318 Dorney Plaza
Findlay, Ohio 45840