GALLIPOLIS — After being taken into custody during a vehicle theft investigation, Roger Swann, 35, of Gallipolis, was charged Monday with obstructing a public official’s performance of lawful duties, a second-degree misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Swann was taken into custody during a Gallia Sheriff’s Office investigation involving the theft of a motor vehicle from Bostic Road in Green Township. Law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence. According to previous information released by the Gallia Sheriff’s Office, detectives believe Swann to be the operator of a stolen vehicle abandoned in Green Township previously.
According to complaint records, the Gallia Sheriff’s Office had originally received information about a vehicular chase with a stolen truck which had been been reportedly taken in Green Township. A citizen chased the fleeing truck before coming to a stop on Dan Jones Road around Nov. 19. Upon coming to a stop, a male exited the vehicle and fled. The citizen chased the fleeing individual with law enforcement who arrived on scene. The fleeing individual was ordered to stop multiple times but failed to do so.
Deputies searched the immediate area for the suspect but were unable to find him. Around Nov. 22, another citizen contacted the Gallia Sheriff’s Office to report on Nov. 19 they had given a ride to an individual matching Swann’s description. Detectives met with the citizen and Swann was reportedly identified by the citizen from a photo lineup.
Law enforcement then proceeded to Swann’s residence to take him into custody where a search warrant was also executed. Detectives reportedly spotted a pipe used for smoking drugs on Swann’s person when taking him into custody. Complaint records suggest Swann admitted the pipe was used for smoking “crack.”
Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin says the incident is still under investigation and that his office is in contact with Gallia Prosecutor Jason Holdren to discuss further potential charges.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342.