2 arrested after Miami County OSP pursuit identified

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OSP pursuit ends at. Shell station in Piqua

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

UPDATE @ 4:42 p.m. (July 5):

The two people arrested following a chase that ended in a crash in Piqua have been identified.

Mikal Yandal, 19, and Elijah Ray, 18, both of Shelbyville, Tennessee were taken to the Miami County Jail.

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Not guilty pleas were entered for both men during their initial appearance in municipal court Thursday morning.

UPDATE @ 7:55 a.m. (July 4): 

Two people have been taken into custody and one remains on the run after a pursuit ended in a crash in Piqua Wednesday morning.

A state trooper noticed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 75 north near the Northwoods Boulevard exit in Vandalia and attempted to make a traffic stop, according to Lt. Mark Nichols of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

After the driver didn’t pull over, troopers started a pursuit where speeds reached between 85 and 105 mph, Nichols said.

The car exited the highway at the County Road 25A exit north of Troy, and continued north into Piqua. Troopers discontinued their pursuit once the vehicle exited the highway, Nichols said.

Piqua police found the vehicle and followed it until it crashed into a fire hydrant on North Main Street in front of a Shell gas station. The three occupants inside the vehicle fled the scene after the crash, Nichols said.

Two people, who troopers did not identify, were apprehended. The third occupant has not been located, Nichols said.

Additional details were not available. We’ll update this page as we learn more.


A pursuit involving the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Dayton Post, has reportedly ended as a crash in Miami County.

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The vehicle, which was traveling north on Interstate 75 with excessive speeds, crashed in the area of a Shell gas station on North Main Street in Piqua around 7:10 a.m., initial reports say.

Occupants inside the vehicle reportedly fled.

We are on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with more details.