Antonio Love
Antonio Love

VAN WERT – Antonio Love, 34, of West Carrollton, Ohio was arrested on multiple charges after leading Van Wert County Sheriff deputies on a pursuit that ended in Mercer County on Tuesday

Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach said Love was seen traveling through Ohio City on State Route 118 at a very high speed. The deputy who observed Love speeding through Ohio City attempted to stop Love in the area of Wren Landeck Road and State Route 118. Love refused to stop and increased his speed to try to get away from the deputy. Love continued north on State Route 118 to Cooper Road where he turned east on Cooper Road. Love proceeded to U.S. Route 127 where he turned right to go South on U.S. Route 127. Love did not stop at the stop and lost control of his vehicle at the intersection and went off the east side of U.S. Route 127.

Love drove his vehicle back onto U.S. Route 127 and continued south. Love continued to flee from the deputy in Mercer County on U.S. Route 127. When Love reached the intersection of U.S. Route 33, he turned east and continued to flee. A trooper from Post 6 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was at the intersection and assisted pursuing the vehicle. Love pulled his vehicle over on U.S. Route 33 at Hasis Road where he was taken into custody without incident. Love reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour during the pursuit.

Love is charged with failure to comply with a lawful order, felony of the 3rd degree, leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor of the 1st degree, driving under an FRA suspension, an unclassified misdemeanor, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, a minor misdemeanor, and several other traffic violations.

Love was transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility where he is being held until an arraignment in Van Wert Municipal Court.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene of the stop.