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BUCKEYE LAKE — One person is in custody and in the Licking County Justice Center after being involved in a high-speed chase about 3:30 a.m. Friday, Buckeye Lake police said.

The chase began near Buckeye Lake and proceeded east into Muskingum County.

Buckeye Lake Patrolman Bryan French said he noticed 31-year-old Michael Slack, last known address 29 Franklin Ave., Buckeye Lake, near the EconoLodge on Hebron Road about 3:30 a.m. French said he was suspicious because the department has received several recent reports of car break-ins and Slack’s behavior seemed abnormal.

“The guy drove by me. He stared straight at me,” French said.

French checked around the hotel and didn’t notice any cars that appeared to be broken into, but Slack had a few minor traffic violations, so French attempted to pull him over.

At that point, Slack drove off and led Buckeye Lake police on a pursuit for about 20 minutes, French said.

“It was anywhere between 70 miles per hour and a little bit over 100,” he said.

Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office deputies were involved in the pursuit for about six minutes, Capt. Jeff LeCocq said.

Slack eventually pulled over near the Hamline Bridge on I-70 in Muskingum County and surrendered without incident.

French said several CD players and an amplifier were found in Slack’s vehicle as well as a bag of what is suspected to be methamphetamine.

“There were several CD players that were in the state that they may have been stolen from a car with the wires hanging off the back,” French said. “It’s too early to determine if those items have been stolen, but they didn’t fit into the car.”

Slack reportedly told officers he fled because he had an outstanding felony warrant out of Morgan County and didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Slack has been charged with felony fleeing, possession of methamphetamine, driving under a suspended license and reckless driving. He will have an initial bond hearing Monday in front of Licking County Common Pleas Judge Mattie Klein.


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