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PDT Staff Writer

A Michigan man and woman are facing multiple felony drug charges following a traffic stop and short pursuit Thursday near the Post on U.S. 23.

“If you’re going to run from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, don’t do it during a shift change in front of the Patrol Post,” OSHP Portsmouth Post Commander Lt. Karla Taulbee said. “It looked like a Highway Patrol parking lot on (U.S.) 23.”

The driver, Marcus M. Spicer, 39, and his passenger Diamond-Shakeria Williamson, 24, were charged with Possession of Heroin, a felony of the second degree and Possession of Oxycodone, also a felony of the second degree.

Taulbee said troopers stopped a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze on U.S. 23 southbound, near Lucasville, at approximately 2:30 p.m. for a traffic violation. After Troopers made their initial contact with the driver, he fled southbound on U.S. 23; throwing a bag from the vehicle in the process. The pursuit ended when the driver stopped his vehicle on U.S. 23 in front of the State Highway Patrol Post. The bag thrown from the vehicle was recovered by troopers and found to contain 42 grams of heroin and 305 - 30 milligram Oxycodone pills with a combined street value of approximately $15,450.

“They (troopers) do a great job,” Taulbee said. “They’re paying attention to what’s going on. They’re asking questions of everyone in the vehicle.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com

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