An alert Toledo Police Officer this week spotted a car and driver in Newport, wanted in connection with drug sales and for eluding police a few days earlier.
Officer Henderson was coming back from Training when he saw a white Saturn at the intersection of Highway 101 and NE 20th Street in Newport. Officer Henderson recognized the driver as Joe Sappington from a previous vehicle elude. When Officer Henderson tried to stop Sappington he sped away driving northbound on Highway 101 then suddenly into the Best Western Parking Lot. Sappington jumped out of his vehicle clutching a black bag and ran down the hill across Highway 101 almost being struck by a Newport Patrol Car responding to the scene.
The Newport Officer quickly got out of his vehicle and dove into the brush after Sappington. Patrol units from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Newport Police Department, and the Toledo Police Department chased Sappington for about a mile. With the help of numerous callers the responding units were able to corner Sappington in the San-Bay-O Circle neighborhood east of the Subway restaurant. Sappington was seen throwing his bag onto the roof of a house prior to being captured by Toledo Detective Pitcher. Officer K-9 Nero assisted the police in identifying the bag as a possible drug carrier.
A search warrant was executed on the bag which revealed 27 grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials, scale and approximately $1,700 in cash.
Sappington was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail for Hit and Run, Reckless Driving x2, Interfere with a Police Officer x4, Driving while suspended x3, Reckless Endangering x3, Attempt to Elude Police Officer by foot x2, Attempt to Elude Police Officer by vehicle x3, Escape 3, Criminal Mischief 2, PCS – Meth, DCS – Meth, and manufacturing meth.
Thank you to all the responding citizens in helping the police capture this subject.