Police: Man arrested following chase in Franklin, Ohio

Suspect's car breaks down during police chase

FRANKLIN, Ohio (FOX19) - A man was arrested following a police pursuit Saturday night in Franklin.

Franklin police say it started when Patrolman Patrick Holland checked the registration of a vehicle traveling northbound on Riley Blvd. and found out that the license plate was stolen.

“Routine patrol and he did a random check of the registration in front of him and when he ran that registration it had come back stolen,” Lt. Brian Pacifico said.

Holland tried to stop the vehicle, but police say the suspect, 34-year-old Johnny Marchesani of Middletown, fled northbound onto Main Street.

The slow pursuit continued onto North Dixie Highway when the vehicle stopped due to mechanical issues.

Police say Marchesani fled on foot into an adjacent field. The Franklin Division of Fire and four K-9 teams tracked Marchesani southbound on the Great Miami River Bike Trail.

Around 11:23 p.m. a passerby told officers that Marchesani was in the wood line area of 1000 N. Main St.

They found Marchesani hiding in a culvert near that address.

Marchesani has been charged with felony fleeing and eluding, felony receiving stolen property, felony obstructing official business in addition to multiple misdemeanor traffic violations.

“He had got out of jail several days prior to this. He was in custody for drug offenses,” Pacifico said.

He is being held in the Warren County jail on a $55,000 bond.

His arraignment will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Franklin Municipal Court.

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