By MARK TODD - firstname.lastname@example.org
JEFFERSON — A vehicle that led Ashtabula County sheriff’s deputies on a nine-mile, high-speed chase Wednesday afternoon was carrying 13 methamphetamine labs, deputies said.
The driver, identified as Tyler Shine, 19, of Williamsfield Township was arrested and faces drug and traffic charges, deputies said. An 18-year-old passenger, identified as Alexandria Beach of Andover, was also arrested, deputies said.
The incident began at 3:30 p.m., when deputies were told a man identified as Shine refused to return a car he had borrowed from a county couple. The deputy agreed to accompany the pair to Shine’s house on Route 322 and stand by while they retrieved the vehicle.
As the cruiser approached the house, however, a sedan in the driveway began to accelerate, tearing across a lawn and through a ditch to reach Route 322, deputies said.
The chase continued onto Stanhope Kelloggsville, Slater, Creek and Woodworth roads. The speeding vehicle passed numerous vehicles and nearly collided with a utility truck at Linton Road and Route 193, deputies said. At one point, the sedan approached 100 mph, deputies report.
The vehicle finally pulled over on Linton near Loveland Road, deputies said. The driver fled into nearby woods but was quickly apprehended. Beach told deputies she pleaded with Shine to stop and let her out, but he refused.
Inside the vehicle were bags containing 13 one-pot, meth-making labs, deputies said. A search warrant was obtained, and inside Shine’s home deputies found meth-making supplies, deputies report.