Ross County traffic stop ends with damaged police cruiser, arrests, drug investigation

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A routine traffic stop by Ross County Sheriff patrol officers on Wednesday, October 24 led to a damaged police cruiser, two arrests and a Major Crimes Task Force drug investigation.

Ross County Sheriff George Lavender reports that the Ross County patrol division initiated a traffic stop in the 14000 block of Pleasant Valley Road at approximately 4pm on Wednesday.

According to police reports, the driver of the vehicle, Joshua Rinehart, 33, initially stopped, but then placed the vehicle in reverse and rammed into the front of the patrol vehicle, causing extensive damage.

A search of the vehicle yielded a large amount of suspected methamphetamine, crack cocaine, prescription drugs and suspected stolen property.

According to Sheriff Lavender, the driver, Joshua Rinehart, was charged with Assault on a Peace Officer and Vandalism, along with traffic violations.

A female passenger was released from the scene.

Another passenger, Malcolm Cornell, 35, was arrested and charged with Tampering with Evidence and Felony Drug Possession.

As a result of the investigation of this incident, the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force along with members of Ross County Sheriff’s Office and the Chillicothe Police Department conducted a search warrant at a residence in the 14900 block of Pleasant Valley Road. 

Police say that more evidence of drug trafficking and more stolen property was discovered during the search.

According to Sheriff Lavender, the investigation will continue and more charges are pending.

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