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Weekend crime: Officer assaulted, gun left in restroom, police pursuit in New Philadelphia

| August 22, 2023

NEW PHILADELPHIA – A 27-year-old Barberton woman spent the weekend in the Tuscarawas County Jail after reportedly trying to speed through the county under the influence and then assaulting a corrections officer.

A sheriff’s deputy initially pulled her over for going 105 miles per hour on I-77 through New Philadelphia Friday night around 10:25.

The traffic stop led to seven misdemeanor criminal and traffic citations, including OVI. The sheriff’s report says the woman then assaulted a correctional officer at the jail while being booked for an eight-hour hold. That led to a felony assault charge and a longer stint in jail.

Court records indicate the woman entered pleas of not guilty Monday. Bail was set at $10,000 on the assault charge.

Gun found at restaurant

In Dover Friday evening, the manager of Bob Evans reported someone left a loaded gun in a restroom just after 7 p.m. Dover Police collected the gun and hadn’t found its owner by early Monday.

Police chase in New Philadelphia

New Philadelphia Police Saturday engaged in a car chase in a neighborhood near Tuscora Park. Police say they were responding to a domestic complaint on Tuscora Avenue when the 28-year-old suspect fled.

They say he drove around the neighborhood and was apprehended on Lake Street not too far from his home.

New Philadelphia Municipal Court records show he is charged with misdemeanor assault and OVI, and two felony counts of fleeing and eluding. The court ordered a temporary protection order for the victim. The suspect was released on a $10,000 bond with a GPS tracker.

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