We have an update on the chase and arrest that happened Thursday afternoon on the east side of Allen County.

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The Allen County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Justin Triplett was booked on the charge of willfully fleeing and on two outstanding warrants from the Allen County Common Pleas Court. Shawnee Township also has an active investigation into Triplett, plus he has active warrants in Mercer County.

Just before 4 o'clock on Thursday, the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force tried to serve multiple arrest warrants on Triplett, when he fled. Deputies and the Shawnee Police Department attempted to stop him, but he ending up leading them on a 20-minute police chase, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Lima Police Department joining the pursuit. At the end of the chase, he drove off the road and hit a house, then he jumped out an ran to his mom's house on Charledon Avenue.

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He was found hiding in the crawlspace and taken in custody.

Press Release from the Allen County Sheriff's Office

On 5-30-2019 at approximately 3:56 PM the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force attempted to serve multiple arrest warrants on Justin M. Triplett at the request of the Shawnee Township Police Department who also had a current active investigation involving Justin. The Task Force Officers attempted to make contact with Justin in a business lot in approximately the 2300 Block of Harding Hwy. Justin fled from the Task Force Officers in a vehicle, at which time a traffic stop was attempted by an Allen County Sheriff’s Office cruiser and Shawnee Township Police Department unit. Justin continued to flee officers for approximately 20 minutes and eventually the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Lima Police Department aided in the pursuit. In the area of 9th St. and Kingston Ave. Justin exited the roadway and struck a residence, causing minor damage. Justin fled the scene on foot until he reached his mother’s residence of 2004 Charledon Ave. where he was eventually was located hiding in a crawl space. Justin was booked into the Allen County Jail on the charge of Willfully Fleeing. He was also booked in for two outstanding warrants through the Allen County Common Pleas Court. Justin also has active warrants through the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. Any information requests for Shawnee Townships current investigation regarding Justin needs made through their office at 419-227-1115.

Justin M. Triplett, 1-30-1991, 2004 Charledon Ave. Lima, Ohio, W/M Bro – Blue 145lbs 6’

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