Police: Man flees traffic stop, runs vehicle into vacant home

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PORTSMOUTH -- A man was pulled over by police, fled a traffic stop and ran his vehicle into a vacant home Tuesday night, according to Portsmouth Police.

At about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, a 32-year-old man was pulled over in the 1700 block of Kendall Avenue in a blue 2015 Chrysler 200. According to police, officers initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle stopped momentarily to let a passenger out and then immediately fled from the traffic stop. The vehicle pursuit left the Kendall Heights area, onto Pleasant Hill, and into New Boston, police said.

During the pursuit, the suspect's vehicle reached speeds in excess of 90 mph, passed vehicles on the wrong side of the road, and drove the wrong direction on a one-way street, according to police.

The pursuit ended when the suspect's vehicle was forced onto Pennsylvania Avenue where he drove off a hillside and struck a vacant home.

The driver, Damar Arnold, was taken into custody. According to police, Arnold had a loaded handgun. Officers also recovered a large plastic bag that contained individually wrapped substances. The substances are suspected to be four grams of crack cocaine and five grams of methamphetamine. Mr. Arnold has numerous felony convictions which prohibit him from possessing a firearm, including an aggravated robbery conviction in June 2005.

Arnold was treated and released at Southern Ohio Medical Center and was taken to the Scioto County Jail. He is charged with Trafficking in Drugs, Having a weapon while under disability, Failure to comply and Carrying a concealed weapon.

This case will be presented to the Scioto County Grand Jury for additional charges.

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