KENTON — A Lima man was taken into custody by Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputies and faces numerous charges following an incident Thursday evening.
At approximately 7:35 p.m. while on routine patrol on state Route 309 near county Road 15, a deputy observed a traffic violation of a vehicle driven being driven westbound on 309. Despite being signaled to stop, the driver of that vehicle continued off the roadway, traveling around a residence and out-buildings and into a field. Upon approaching the vehicle in the field the driver, Michael Parsons, 31, exited the car and was taken into custody by deputies.
Witness statements indicated there may have been two occupants in the vehicle. A search ensued for a possible second person. K9 units from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Lima Police Department, along with an aviation unit from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, assisted in the search. No other people were found, and it was later determined that the driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle.
Parsons was transported to the Multi County Correctional Center in Marion, where he is being lodged. He faces charges including failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, improperly handling firearms in a vehicle and tampering with evidence.
The Ada Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.