Inmates await extradition to Kentucky after chase through central Ohio

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Two jail escapees and another person are in the Franklin County jail awaiting extradition to Kentucky after a pursuit that lasted nearly 100 miles and reached speeds over 100 mph.

Brandon Long and Paul Napier were both serving time for burglary in the Lewis County Detention Center in Vanceburg, Kentucky. The inmates escaped Thursday afternoon when an exterior door opened due to a power outage.

Around 8:45pm Thursday, a Franklin County deputy spotted the car the suspects were believed to be traveling in near the intersection of Morse and Karl roads. The vehicle got onto I-71 north and a pursuit started.

Lt. Brian Croston said circumstances dictated that deputies continue to pursue the suspects.

“These guys are escapees from a jail with a nationwide pickup warrant on them … so they’re desperate,” Croston said.

The pursuit continued along I-71 through Franklin, Delaware, Morrow, Richland and Ashland counties. The Ohio State Highway Patrol deployed stop sticks on the highway near exit 185 in Ashland, Ohio and the car’s tires deflated.

Long and Napier both fled on foot but were tracked down by Sheriff’s K-9’s and apprehended. 

A third person in the car, Amy Corns, surrendered to deputies.

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