Woman Arrested on Drug Charges After Mile-Long Chase

A reckless driver was arrested Thursday after a brief chase and charged with drug violations. 

Ross County Sheriff George Lavender reported that Thursday at about 4pm two of his patrol deputies observed the driver of a Dodge pick-up truck committ a traffic offense on South Paint Street. 

Deputies followed the vehcile into the Valero gas station and approached the vehicle when the woman driver took off in a reckless manner, nearly striking parked cars and pedestrians at the gas station.  Deputies pursued the vehicle south on Paint Street to Cooks Hill Road where it stopped at 1075 and the driver fled on foot into the residence.

Deputies received assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Chillicothe Police Department to apprehend 32-year-old Megan Schumaker inside the residence.

They recovered prescription pain killers, suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and evidence of drug trafficking that Schumaker had thrown from the vehicle.  Schumaker is being being charged with multiple felonies: reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest and other charges. 

The U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force was on scene to process the evidence and will be filing further charges as lab results are returned.  Sheriff Lavender thanks the State Highway Patrol, the Chillicothe Police Department, and the U.S. 23 Task Force for their assistance.

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