Man who led Kettering police on a highway pursuit to be arraigned today

The man who on Tuesday allegedly rammed a Kettering police cruiser then led officers on a chase that turned into a nearly 10-hour standoff in Harrison Twp. will appear in court this afternoon. 

Mark Slate Jr. is scheduled to be arraigned on possession of drugs charges that stems from previous case for which a warrant was out for his arrest.

Formal charges have not been filed in the chase and standoff, but Slate is being detained in the Kettering jail on preliminary counts of felony receiving stolen property, felony eluding a police officer after ignoring the order or signal of a police officer, and obstructing official business. 

No official charges filed against suspect in Kettering pursuit, Harrison Twp. standoff

That incident started just before 5 a.m. Tuesday when a Kettering police officer responded to a call about a possible theft at a residence on Annabelle Drive.

When the officer tried to stop the car that was suspected of being driven by the person believed to be involved in the theft, the car rammed the police cruiser. 

A low-speed pursuit ensued on I-75 north and ended in Harrison Twp., when the suspect got out of the car and ran into a home in the 2600 block of Oneida Avenue. 

Officers secured a search warrant and called the Kettering Regional SWAT team when the suspect, later identified as Slate, refused to come out. 

Slate surrendered about 3:30 p.m., after officers fired canisters tear gas into the house and removed parts of the roof and attic of the house.  

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