BRACEVILLE TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – A Michigan man is facing six charges after troopers said he led them on a high-speed chase for 35 miles Tuesday afternoon with drugs, guns, and two young children in his car.
Edmund Mareno, Jr., 41, is charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, failure to comply, carrying concealed weapons, receiving stolen property, and endangering children. He is being held in the Summit County Jail.
It started as a traffic stop for following too closely on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County.
Troopers called for a K9 unit after noticing criminal indicators and two small children, 2 and 4 years old, in the backseat. They said Mareno, who was driving, was not able to tell them what his relationship to the children was.
They said Mareno refused orders to get out of the car and sped off. The chase got up to a high speed of about 120 miles per hour, Highway Patrol said.
“There were two small children in the vehicle. Because of their safety, the officer chose to continue the pursuit in fear of what their situation was,” Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Greene said.
Troopers laid down stop sticks in an attempt to end the chase, but it didn’t work.
Mareno drove onto the Ohio Turnpike/SR 5 exit ramp in Braceville Township in Trumbull County, then turned to get back on the roadway, troopers said. They were able to block his car and arrest him.
Inside the car, they found two loaded pistols — one of which was stolen, an assault rifle, 18 grams of suspected cocaine, and 246 prescription pills.
Highway Patrol said the kids are okay and were taken by Trumbull County Children Services. They were able to contact a parent, who said Mareno had permission to take the children.
Troopers said the chase is not connected to the shooting of a police officer in Newcomerstown Tuesday morning in which two suspects are still at large.