Lima man leads police on cross-town chase

LIMA — A Lima man led Lima Police Department officers on a pursuit across the city Wednesday after fleeing from an attempted traffic stop.

The Lima Police Department attempted to perform a traffic stop on Kedrick Sanders, 21, of Lima, at 3:38 p.m. Wednesday on Cole Street per the request of the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, said Sgt. Curtis Hile of the Lima Police Department. Sanders was being investigated by the task force and FBI for his suspected involvement in selling opiates to two overdose victims.

Investigators had performed a controlled narcotics purchase from Sanders before requesting the Lima Police officers perform the traffic stop.

Rather than complying with the police officers’ orders, Sanders sped off in his car and led police across the city. The pursuit finally ended at the Yamato Steakhouse, 1507 Harding Highway, near South Leonard Avenue, when Sanders and his passenger, Darnell Riley-Bracey, 21, of Lima, surrendered to police without incident.

Sanders was taken into custody and charged with failure to comply with a signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony. Riley-Bracey was also arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin, Hile said. Both men are currently being held at the Allen County Jail.

The investigation into the overdoses is still ongoing with the FBI, and more charges are pending.

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