The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 25, 2013

TAG nabs Ashtabula heroin dealer

Year-long investigation results in arrest on Topper Avenue

Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — After a high-speed car chase and a foot pursuit Wednesday, authorities apprehended a 32-year-old city man on a warrant related to trafficking heroin, according to a press release from the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force.  

The arrest of Ernest Williams, 4703 Topper Ave., was the result of a one-year investigation involving multiple controlled purchases of heroin, authorities said.

Investigators conducting surveillance on the Topper Avenue address saw Williams returning home in his car Wednesday prior to executing a search warrant received from Municipal Court, according to the press release.

When they identified themselves as law enforcement, Williams did a U-turn in his driveway and fled the scene.

Marked Ashtabula County Sheriff’s vehicles in the area attempted to stop Williams. After about one mile and several attempts to elude the law, Williams crashed his car. He then exited the vehicle and ran down a steep embankment.

The foot chase didn’t last long, as police caught up with Williams at the bottom of the hill following a brief resistance on his part, the release said.

After Williams was arrested and placed in a police car, they forced their way into the apartment at 4703 Topper Ave., where they had watched Williams traffic drugs during their year-long investigation, the press release said.

A woman, who was not arrested, was inside the apartment.

The execution of the search warrant, car chase and search of the apartment was conducted by TAG Law Enforcement Task Force, with the assistance of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ashtabula Police Department, Cleveland Office of Drug Enforcement Administration and the Sheriff’s Office.