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Local man sentenced on drug charge

Three defendants were sentenced and three pleaded guilty before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O'Connor earlier this week.

Steven Perdue (pictured), 44, of Huntsville, was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years community control, and ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for failure to comply with the order of a police officer and possession of drugs.

In January, Perdue and a passenger were arrested on felony drug charges after a short pursuit near Bellefontaine.

Perdue was wanted on two felony warrants for trafficking heroin.

Detectives from the Bellefontaine Police Department and the Joint Drug Unit were searching for a vehicle driven by Perdue.

Two city detectives spotted the vehicle at County Road 10 and Route 33 and made a traffic stop near Blue Jacket Park at the intersection of Township Road 185 and Ludlow Road.

Detective Scott Sebring exited an unmarked cruiser and asked Perdue to step outside the vehicle.

Perdue refused to comply and struck Sebring with the driver's door while backing up.

Perdue fled eastbound on 185, went northbound after running the stop sign at 185 and 179, headed east on County Road 10, and turned south on County Road 55.

The Marysville Post of the State Patrol assisted and stopped Perdue at the intersection of County Road 55 and County Road 29.

Perdue was arrested on the trafficking heroin warrants. He was also charged with felonious assault (for striking the police officer), fleeing and eluding, and drug abuse. Each charge is a felony.

The Joint Drug Unit had information that Perdue was returning to the county after buying heroin in Columbus.

When officers asked where the heroin was, Perdue said, "It's in my bloodstream man."

Passenger Carolyn Judd, 29, of 508 South Detroit Street, Bellefontaine, was charged with felony drug abuse.

Both of them were lodged in the Logan County Jail.

Perdue said he fled because he thought he was being robbed.

Detective Sebring was not injured.

In February, Perdue was indicted for felonious assault (F1), failure to comply with order of a police officer (F3), illegal conveyance (F3), possession of heroin (F5), and possession of drugs (M1).

Jeffrey Young, 30, of Russells Point, was sentenced to ninety days in the Logan County Jail, three years community control, and ordered to pay restitution, court costs, and attorney fees for domestic violence.

Elijah Larson, 23, of East Liberty, was sentenced to five years community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs, restitution, and attorney fees for theft.

James Daniels, 29, of Lakeview pleaded guilty to burglary.

Scottie Collins, 24, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs.

John Sprague, 30, of Magnetic Springs, pleaded guilty to misuse of a credit card.

Presentence investigations were ordered and sentencings are scheduled for June 18th.

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