Suspect waives preliminary hearing in Franklin chase case

A Dayton man will have his case reviewed by a Warren County grand jury after waiving his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin Municipal Court.

D’Vonte Barnes, 18, was released Tuesday evening on his own recognizance pending a grand jury review stemming from two felony and one misdemeanor charges as a result of a Dec. 10 police pursuit and foot chase that ended in Franklin. Barnes and a 15-year-old boy were arrested following the three-mile police pursuit and foot chase.

Barnes is facing charges of fleeing, a third-degree felony; receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; and obstruction of official business, a second-degree misdemeanor. Three traffic offenses for driving without an operator’s license, not wearing a seat belt and speeding were dismissed by the court.

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According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Barnes and the teen were on southbound Interstate 75 when a trooper attempted to pull them over at the Interstate 75/Ohio 73 interchange for speeding. The vehicle, reportedly stolen, was clocked at more than 80 mph, authorities said.

Lt. Chuck O’Bryon, Lebanon Post commander, said Barnes drove off the exit ramp and continued into the city of Franklin at speeds exceeding 100 mph before the vehicle crashed at Cedar Street and Lake Avenue about 2:40 a.m.

A Warren County Sheriff’s deputy apprehended both males in the area of Cedar Street and Lake Avenue about 4:30 a.m. The two had run from authorities following the pursuit by troopers.

The teenager has been charged with delinquency by reason of obstruction of official business. He was released from the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center and placed in custody of his mother, according to court records.

The Dayton teen will next appear in Warren County Juvenile Court on Jan. 15, 2019. Court Administrator Tony Brigano said the teen will have his juvenile court trial in Warren County, but final disposition and sentencing will be in the Montgomery County Juvenile Court. Dispositions and sentencings in juvenile matters are done in the youth’s county of residence per state law.

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