Updated Fri, Oct 4, 2013 1:21 pm
Local law enforcement were seen scouring the Jefferson Township area Tuesday evening, when an alleged shoplifter decided to run from Oak Hill Police. Police are now asking for the public’s help to help find this suspect.
Oak Hill Police Chief Chris Gruber is reporting that on Tuesday, at approximately 5:16 p.m. one of his officers was dispatched to CVS Pharmacy to respond to a theft in progress. Gruber said that his department was advised that there was an altercation taking place in the parking lot, located at 407 N. Front St., between CVS employees and the suspect.
Upon arrival, the Oak Hill officers located the suspect in a vehicle as it was attempting to leave the parking lot. OHPD attempted to stop the vehicle, however the suspect failed to stop, leading officers on a pursuit.
Gruber reports that during the pursuit, the suspect, discarded a backpack and a shotgun from the driver’s window. When law enforcement gathered the backpack, they discovered an active methamphetamine manufacturing lab.
Officials went on to report that the suspect’s vehicle left the roadway near Phillip Kuhn Road, Oak Hill and suffered disabling damage. The suspect then fled on foot. As the suspect fled on foot, an officer was able to identify the fleeing man as 30-year-old Brian D. Miller.
Despite efforts to capture Miller Tuesday evening, he was able to get away. Officials have been searching for Miller and had not been able to apprehend him at press time. Oak Hill Police are asking the public to contact the Oak Hill Police Department by calling 286-6464 if you see Miller.
Police describe Miller as having blue eyes and short brown hair. He is five foot, seven inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.
Chief Gruber says that the case is expected to be presented to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for felony level charges.
A methamphetamine technician with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to process the methamphetamine lab.
The Oak Hill Police Department was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.