Around 12:33am on Wednesday morning (12/29), a deputy with the Ohio County Sheriff’s office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a white 2008 Toyota for disregarding a stop sign at the 4 way stop in Bear Branch.
After activating the emergency lights on his police cruiser, the deputy noted the vehicle was not going to stop and took off at a high rate of speed, south on Milton-Bear Branch Road. The pursuit entered Switzerland County, and the deputy lost the vehicle at the intersection of State Rte. 250 and Milton-Bear Branch Road in Fairview.
Deputies continued searching the area for the suspect.
A short time later, Switzerland County 911 received a call of an auto accident at 6930 State Rte. 250, in Fairview. The vehicle described to dispatchers, matched the description of the vehicle that fled from the Ohio County Deputy. The 911 caller advised two male subjects ran from the accident scene and into the woods, but three female subjects were still in the vehicle. The vehicle narrowly missed crashing into the residence at 6930 State Rte. 250.
The Ohio County deputy arrived at the scene, and, after speaking with the female subjects, identified the driver as Samuel Edwards of Vevay, and the front passenger as Brandon Conner. The female subjects advised both Edwards and Conner ran into the woods. The females were treated at the scene by Switzerland County EMS and refused transport to a hospital.
Approximately 2 hours after the accident, Edwards and Conner contacted police and turned themselves in.
Samuel Edwards was incarcerated in the Switzerland County Jail on charges from Ohio County of Neglect of a Dependent-Injury (Level 5 felony); Neglect of a dependent (Level 6 felony); Criminal Recklessness-Deadly Weapon (Level 6 felony); Resisting Law Enforcement-Fleeing in a vehicle (Level 6 felony); and Reckless driving, (B misdemeanor).
Edwards may also be charged in Switzerland County pending review by the Switzerland County Prosecutor.
Brandon Conner was released by deputies pending review of possible charges in Switzerland County.
The Ohio County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, Switzerland County EMS and the East Enterprise Fire Department.