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Local man sentenced for high speed pursuit

Six defendants were sentenced and six pleaded guilty before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O’Connor recently.

Shawn Conley (pictured), 28, of DeGraff, was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years community control, a three-year driver’s license suspension, and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for failure to comply with the orders of a police officer.

In January, Conley was indicted for failure to comply with a police officer (F3).

Conley was arrested on multiple charges following a 10-minute high speed pursuit in Logan County on October 14th around 2:30 a.m.

He fled when the West Liberty Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop on Route 68 near Green Hills.

An officer attempted to stop Conley for speeding.

After he refused to comply, a pursuit ensued.

Conley continued northbound on Route 68, then turned west on Township Road 30.

The pursuit ended when his '99 Ford Probe overheated on County Road 65 near State Route 508 (east side of DeGraff).

Conley was immediately taken into custody.

He was charged with felony fleeing and eluding, reckless operation, speed, and open container.

Conley was lodged in the Logan County Jail.

His vehicle was impounded.

No one was injured.

In May, Conley pleaded guilty to eluding a police officer.

Lindsey Collingsworth, 21, of Lakeview, was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years community control, and ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for burglary and failure to appear.

Tony Robinson, 20, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to 30 days in the Logan County Jail, two years community control, and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for attempted trafficking in drugs.

Lewis Snyder, 41, of Belle Center, was sentenced to five years community control and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for possession of drugs and illegal use of supplemental nutrition benefits.

Cole Bader, 24, of Urbana, was sentenced to three years community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for illegal use of supplemental nutrition benefits.

Patrick Flood, 27, of Dayton, was sentenced to three years community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine and court costs for non-support of dependents.

David Mathews, 52, of Lakeview, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs.

Dustin Lattimer, 27, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and burglary.

Kodi Smotherman (pictured), 21, of West Mansfield, pleaded guilty to burglary and assault of a police officer.

In June, Smotherman was indicted for aggravated robbery (F1) and assault on a police officer (F4).

On March 12th, Smotherman was walking in Bellefontaine near the intersection of North Hayes Street and North Avenue around 3:40 p.m. when an off-duty deputy saw him.

The deputy knew that Smotherman was wanted on warrants.

A foot pursuit ensued. The deputy caught up with Smotherman outside 501 North Hayes Street.

Smotherman attempted to take the deputy’s weapon from his holster while the deputy was attempting to take him into custody outside the residence. He also attempted to strike the deputy with his fists.

The deputy used pepper spray and attempted to deploy his Taser on Smotherman.

The Bellefontaine Police Department responded and helped the deputy handcuff Smotherman in a rear bedroom.

An officer found drug paraphernalia on the suspect.

Smotherman was arrested on the outstanding warrants and charged with aggravated robbery (for attempting to take the deputy's gun), assault, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He suffered injuries to his lip while struggling with the deputy.

Kimberly Itoney, 19, of Kenton, pleaded guilty to forgery.

Doug Summers, 19, of West Mansfield, pleaded guilty to burglary.

Presentence investigations were ordered and sentencings are scheduled for July 29th.

Charles Stevens, 30, of Lakeview, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and forgery and was placed in the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program.

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