SMPD helps with high-speed chase

ST. MARYS — Officers from the St. Marys Police Department assisted in the arrest of an Alabama man Monday night.

St. Marys Police Chief Mark Ernst said three units from the department were involved in the pursuit, which ended at the Ohio 29/U.S. 33 interchange at 6:44 p.m. Monday night. According to a news release, the driver of the vehicle, David Allen Gullatte, 47, of Dedatur, Ala., who was driving a vehicle registered to a Dayton resident, failed to stop for officers in Celina who were responding to a suspicious activity complaint. Gullatte fled the city eastbound on Ohio 29. The driver stopped at the interchange and was arrested without incident. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s office also assisted with the arrest.

Ernst said the incident also was allegedly drug related.

When Gullatte was arrested, officers allegedly found cash, drug paraphernalia and what appeared to be heroin inside the vehicle. 

Gullatte was taken to the Mercer County Jail and ordered held on a $500,00 bond. The incident remains under investigation.