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2 Arrested After Fleeing Deputies In Licking County

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Two people have been arrested in Licking County after fleeing from deputies Monday morning.

According to a release from the Licking County Sheriff's Office, a deputy observed two cars driving erratically in the area of U.S. Route 40 near state Route 37, just north of the Pilot truck stop, at about 8:49 a.m. Monday.

One of the drivers stopped at the deputy's signal, but the second driver, identified as 40-year-old Keith Robertson, continued on.

Deputies identified the fleeing driver as 40-year-old Keith S. Robertson. Robertson fled from the deputy and drove his Jeep Wrangler into a muddy field, west of Lancaster Road, for about 60 to 70 feet until his vehicle became stuck in the mud, according to the sheriff's office. Robertson and his passenger, 44-year-old Kimberly Shortridge, ran from the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

The deputy called for more units to assist in setting up a perimeter. Robertson was located about a quarter of a mile away from the vehicle.

Shortridge remained at large for over an hour until she was located by deputies near the national Trails Raceway entrance. Shortridge was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Robertson was taken to Licking County Memorial Hospital after complaining of medical issues.

During the investigation, deputies learned that Robertson had ties to burglary at a home on Beaver Run Road. Robertson is accused of forcing entry into the home and taking several items.

According to a report, misdemeanor charges of failure to comply with a peace officer, and felony charges of burglary are being sought through the Law Director's Office and Prosecutor's Office respectively against Robertson. 

The driver of the other vehicle was interviewed and is believed to be a witness in the burglary and was following Robertson's vehicle. No charges have been filed against the second driver at this time. His name and the location of the burglary are being withheld because the case remains under investigation. 

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