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Passengers leap from fleeing car
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Sheriff’s Department deputy Billy Joe Crouch, back, takes a report, while deputy Brystol Davis collects evidence following a high-speed chase Friday afternoon. The vehicle reportedly driven by Corey E. Scheidler got stuck on metal lawn ornaments as he tried to enter Twin Oaks Road.

A man who led officers on a high-speed chase through the Mt. Leo area, while his two passengers jumped from his moving vehicle, was arrested after he barreled through three yards and got stuck on metal lawn ornaments.

Corey E. Scheidler has been charged with driving on a revoked license, three counts of vandalism, three counts of reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and running a stop sign. The charges stem from a Friday afternoon chase after a Warren County deputy tried to make a routine traffic stop.

The passengers who leapt from Scheidler’s moving vehicle, a man and a women, suffered scrapes and bruises but were not hospitalized. They were not charged because law enforcement officials say it is not illegal to jump from a moving vehicle, although it’s not advisable.

Scheidler reportedly decided to run from the law because he was driving on a revoked license and knew he would be arrested if pulled over. So instead of stopping, he led deputies on a chase around most of the Mt. Leo area, including, in no particular order, Bridge Street, W. Shellsford Road, Arcadia Road, Rivercliff Road, Sunset Point, Beersheba Street, Mt. Leo Street and Higgenbotham Road.

The chase came to an end when Scheidler reportedly drove through three yards in the area of Twin Oaks Road. The vandalism charges were leveled due to the damage his vehicle caused to each yard.

As he was trying to make his way back on the road, his vehicle became stuck on some decorative metal lawn ornaments, allowing officers to take him into custody.

Sheriff Tommy Myers says it’s unfortunate Scheilder would place other motorists in danger by fleeing officers on a minor charge. He said drivers who run from the law are becoming an all-too-common occurrence.

“I’d really like to see us get tougher on evading,” said Myers. “Make it a mandatory sentence that way they know if they run they’re going to be spending a year in jail. I think we need to make it a tough sentence like that.”