A Toledo man arrested late last year after fleeing the scene of a drug bust was recently convicted on several trafficking charges.
Jeffrey A. Pree, 33, of Toledo, was sentenced by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff April 12 to 23 months in prison on five counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine.
Pree was arrested on Nov. 22, 2016 after he and Jodi R. Ridenour, 31, 842½ N. Union St., fled the scene of a drug-related search warrant being executed by the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit and Fostoria Police Department at 495 N. Town St.
He was subsequently charged with four counts of trafficking cocaine, all fifth-degree felonies; one count of trafficking cocaine with specifications, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.
Officers were on their way to execute the search warrant at the North Town Street residence when they observed suspects leaving the residence in a Chrysler 300 and a 2011 Jeep Patriot.
Police attempted to stop the two vehicles and while Pree, the driver of the Chrysler, immediately pulled over, Ridenour fled in the Jeep.
During the pursuit, Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said Ridenour deliberately rammed two police cruisers and “narrowly missed” several officers who were standing outside. This was the second time Ridenour has been involved in a vehicle pursuit with local law enforcement in the last year.
Ridenour eventually lost control of the vehicle and struck the pole. Her vehicle sustained heavy damage, but there were no reported power outages as a result of the crash.
Ridenour was charged with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony; and assault, a fourth-degree felony.
According to court records, Ridenour is scheduled to appear before Judge Michael P. Kelbley for a plea hearing at 9 a.m. April 28. On April 6, Kelbley added $50,000 to her bond, totaling $120,000 with 10 percent allowed.
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