SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Area facilities took lock-down precautions Thursday morning when a suspect fled from a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol after being stopped for speeding.
According to Lt. Max Norris, of the Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at approximately 7:16 a.m., a trooper from the Gallipolis post stopped a 1999 Nissan. The vehicle pulled into the eastbound rest area off U.S. 35, he said.
While the trooper was talking with the driver, the driver subsequently fled on foot from the rest area. He ran around the back of the rest area, jumped a fence and ran into the wooded area behind the rest area, Norris said.
The suspect, 23-year-old Larry Ferguson Jr., from Canal Winchester, reportedly did not have any warrants out for his arrest.
“We secured a perimeter using troopers from the Gallipolis post, the Jackson post, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and Rio Grande (Police Department),” Norris said.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., a resident in the area contacted the patrol post stating that the suspect was on his property. Law enforcement responded and located Ferguson on the resident’s property. Ferguson was taken into custody without further incident. He has been charged with a speeding violation and resisting arrest.
As a result of the incident, Holzer Health System, located on Ohio 850 in Dan Evans Industrial Park, was advised to go into lockdown mode at approximately 10:15 a.m. as a precautionary measure, and the area was cleared at about noon, according to Holzer Communications Coordinator Karrie Swain Davison.
The University of Rio Grande also took precautionary measures. Students and employees reportedly received an e-mail alert from campus police at approximately 10 a.m. advising students and staff to be on the lookout for the suspect.