Man Charged In Pursuit

NEW BREMEN —  A 35-year-old man is in the Auglaize County Jail following a pursuit that reached speeds of 100 mph Friday night.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. Friday, a New Bremen police officer conducted a routine traffic stop in the 900 block of East Monroe Street. During the stop, the officer determined there to be drugs inside the vehicle and also found out there was a handgun inside it. After the passenger in the vehicle stepped outside, the driver sped off.

Officers from New Bremen and Minster pursued the vehicle into Shelby County. The driver, Paul Allen Gay, allegedly led officers through Kettlersville and Botkins and into the area west of Jackson Center. Deputies from the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, troopers from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and officers from the Jackson Center Police Department assisted in the pursuit.

Gay stopped the vehicle southwest of Jackson Center and was taken into custody. During the pursuit, an officer observed Gay allegedly toss a handgun from the vehicle. Officers eventually recovered the weapon. Gay was transported to the Auglaize County Jail where he currently faces fleeing and eluding charges with the possibilty of more to be added. The pursuit lasted approximately 16 minutes.