The Toledo Police Department received information this week that a maroon Chevrolet pickup being driven by Charles Hutton was in the Toledo area and was allegedly involved in the distribution of narcotics while being in possession of a firearm.
Thursday afternoon Detective Pitcher spotted the vehicle near NW 9th Street and Burgess Road. After observing numerous traffic violations the Detective attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the pickup on Business Highway 20 near NW Ridge Road. The pickup rapidly accelerated away from the Officer eastbound on Business Highway 20, quickly reaching speeds over 80 MPH.
Soon after initiating the pursuit the Officers made the decision to terminate the pursuit due to the danger to others as it approached a construction zone on Business Highway 20 near the East Junction of Highway 20. The suspect vehicle continued through the construction zone striking and injuring the flagger on the west side of the construction zone. A flagger on the east side of the construction zone was also injured as they made an effort to dive out of the way of the suspect vehicle. The speed of the vehicle through the construction zone was estimated to be between 80-100 MPH.
The Officers lost sight of the vehicle as it continued east bound onto Highway 20.
The construction workers were treated at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for their injuries.
Toledo Police Officers confirmed the driver of the vehicle was in fact Charles Hutton and they have also identified a passenger in the vehicle.
The next day members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect vehicle unoccupied in the Harlan area. The vehicle has been towed for investigative purposes.
At this time probable cause exists for the arrest of Mr. Hutton for two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver where injury occurred, two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver where property is damaged, seven counts of recklessly endangering a highway worker, felony attempt to elude in a vehicle, reckless driving, and recklessly endangering.
Police request that if you see Mr. Hutton report it to your local authorities. If you have information regarding the pursuit please contact:
Toledo Police Department. 541-336-5555