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Wanted man arrested following foot pursuit

A local man was arrested on multiple charges following a brief foot pursuit near Northeastern Elementary Tuesday afternoon around 3:40.

Kodi Smotherman (pictured), 21, at large, was walking near the intersection of North Hayes Street and North Avenue when an off-duty Logan County Sheriff’s deputy saw him.

The deputy knew that Smotherman was wanted on warrants.

A foot pursuit ensued and Smotherman entered a residence at 501 North Hayes Street.

The deputy used pepper spray and attempted to deploy his Taser on Smotherman.

The Bellefontaine Police Department responded and helped the deputy handcuff Smotherman.

An officer found drug paraphernalia on the suspect.

Smotherman was arrested on the outstanding warrants and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He suffered injuries to his lip while struggling with the deputy.

Smotherman was lodged in the Logan County Jail.

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