Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Robert Crawford, 41, of 304 Race St., DeGraff, was charged with fleeing and eluding, falsification, resisting arrest and was cited for speed unsafe for conditions, no snowmobile registration and prohibited use of a snowmobile relating to an incident that began late Thursday evening.
Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a snowmobile being operated on the streets in DeGraff shortly before midnight.
A snowmobile was located stopped in an alley near Church Street and Walker Street. The operator, Lance Jenkins, 27, of 106 Walker St., DeGraff, reported that he was operating the snowmobile that belonged to his neighbor, Mr. Crawford. He said he would return the snowmobile back to the owner and stop riding it in the street.
However, about an hour later, a deputy on duty in the area observed a snowmobile traveling at a high rate of speed through the village. The snowmobile then drove past the deputy’s cruiser and out of the village on Hayes Street.
A short time later, the deputy went to Mr. Crawford’s address and also talked to his neighbor, Mr. Jenkins. Deputies determined that Mr. Jenkins had returned the snowmobile to Mr. Crawford, and then in the latest incident of the snowmobile speeding through the village, Mr. Crawford had been operating the vehicle.
The defendant began arguing with deputies, and was placed under arrest. Once inside the cruiser, Mr. Crawford began hitting his head against the window. He was transported to the Logan County Jail.