A high-speed chase — that went through five Ohio counties before the vehicle was stopped — began in Auglaize County on Tuesday.
Three of the four occupants of the vehicle leading troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) on the multi-county pursuit on Interstate 75 are now in custody.
Authorities in Hamilton County continued to search Wednesday for one suspect who fled on foot after the Lincoln MKZ was stopped near Cincinnati. The suspect who fled is believed to have been the driver, OSHP Lt. Anne Ralston said.
The three suspects who were apprehended were interviewed and the vehicle processed and searched at Cincinnati Operations.
Following the interviews, Emily Freeman, 21, of Coral Springs, Fla., Stanley Jacques, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Courtney Coney, 29, of Plantation, Fla., were all arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, a third-degree felony.
They are incarcerated in the Warren County Jail.
Ralston said additional charges may be filed.
She said the pursuit began at approximately 4:30 p.m. after troopers in Auglaize County spotted the Lincoln, which was linked to criminal activity in Michigan.The OSHP had been provided with information from officers with the Livonia, Mich., Police Department that the Lincoln was associated with criminal activity.
The vehicle and its occupants are believed to have been involved in multiple crimes — breaking and entering, credit card scams and identity thefts, according to reports.
“Once spotted by patrol troopers in Auglaize County, the Lincoln began to drive at a high rate of speed and a pursuit ensued,” Ralston said. “The pursuit was terminated a short time later due to reckless and aggressive driving by the suspect vehicle.”
Troopers contacted other patrol posts south on I-75 and several other pursuits involving troopers in Shelby, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties ensued.
Ralston said due to continued reckless driving, these pursuits also all were eventually terminated for safety reasons, while the OSHP worked to provide suspect vehicle information to other area law enforcement agencies.
At approximately 5:50 p.m., the vehicle was located by Sharonville and Springdale police departments and a stop was made in Sharonville, a suburb of Cincinnati.