Findlay man faces several charges after alleged chase, assault

A man who allegedly led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit last week and assaulted another man and stole his vehicle has been apprehended.

Brandon C. Frierson, 39, Findlay, was arrested Thursday by Findlay police and charged with driving under suspension, theft and possession of drugs.

He remains in the Hancock County jail with no bond.

On Thursday at 12:46 a.m., a Bowling Green police officer initiated a pursuit of a white F-150 pickup truck after its license plate came back as stolen.

The driver headed westbound on U.S 6, according to the Bowling Green Police Division report.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Highway State Patrol were advised of the pursuit.

The vehicle pulled off the south side of the highway, west of the railroad tracks. The BGPD officer arrived approximately 10 seconds later and took position behind the cruiser with a rifle pointed at the vehicle.

As more officers arrived, law enforcement approached the vehicle but did not observe anyone inside.

Multiple law enforcement agencies conducted an extensive search, two drones were deployed, and a K-9 unit was called in but the suspect was not found.

Officers also checked all the doors of adjacent buildings but found them locked, according to Lt. Brian Bonnough, with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, who was on scene.

“We did everything that we could possibly do to make sure that person wasn’t in the area,” he said Tuesday.

At 4:59 a.m. Thursday, deputies were dispatched back to the 19000 block of Route 6 for a citizen in need of medical assistance.

At that time, deputies discovered the suspect had allegedly assaulted a 41-year-old man in the business and had stolen a Chevy Silverado.

The man was tranported by EMS to an area hospital for unknown injuries.

A BOLO was placed on the truck and later Thursday, Findlay police got a hit on the stolen vehicle and took Frierson into custody, Bonnough said.