Celina man arrested for meth possession after pursuit Saturday

CELINA — A Celina man was arrested Saturday following a short foot pursuit for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a media release, shortly after 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Spencer Heinl conducted a traffic stop on Morton Street after observing “suspicious activity” in a nearby parking lot. Aaron P. Chapman, 35, was stopped driving a gray electric bicycle.

Heinl’s K-9 partner, Hex, smelled aroung the bike and indicated the smell of narcotics, according to the release. Chapman ran from the scene and deputies gave chase.

As he was running, Chapman was seen throwing a bag that was later recovered and preliminarily tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, according to the release. Deputies caught Chapman and took him into custody.

Chapman is currently being held at the Mercer County Adult Detention Center for fifth-degree felony possession of methamphetamine. He is being held without bond.

The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office to review for any additional charges to be brought.