An Ohio man was arrested yesterday morning after he refused to stop for a trooper.
The driver, Edward Maxfield, age 58 of Lebanon, Ohio was arrested and charged with Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle, Level 6 Felony, and Misdemeanor Reckless Driving (due to his excessively slow speed causing a traffic hazard.) Maxfield, who was lodged in the Delaware County Jail, gave no reason for his excessively slow speed or his refusal to stop for troopers.
Yesterday morning just after 11 a.m. Trooper Jeremy Mason was south bound on I-69 around the 248 mile marker when a semi in front of him skidded nearly hitting a slow moving vehicle in the rear in the right lane. Mason drove up on a Kia Sportage traveling in the right lane well below the 70 M.P.H. speed limit.
After clocking the car at 35 M.P.H. in the 70 M.P.H. zone, Mason turned on his lights and attempted to stop the vehicle before it caused a collision, thinking maybe there was something wrong with the driver or the vehicle. The driver of the Ohio plated vehicle refused to yield over for Mason, and continued driving south at 35 M.P.H. Mason drove up beside the vehicle multiple times to get the male driver’s attention, but the driver continued on south at 35 M.P.H.
As the vehicle was approaching an area where troopers were out on the right lane berm with several disabled vehicles, Stop Stick tire deflation devices were deployed at the 238 mile marker, then again at the 235 mile marker. When the Kia became disabled it stopped in the right lane with the driver being taken into custody without incident.