Dakota Nicely (Photo courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office)
Dakota Nicely (Photo courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office)
A Hillsboro man accused of eluding police officers Wednesday was arraigned in Hillsboro Municipal Court Thursday morning.

According to court records, Dakota Nicely, 26, of Hillsboro has been charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer (fleeing and eluding), a third-degree felony; failure to reinstate license, a first-degree misdemeanor; and reckless operation on roadway, a minor misdemeanor.

As previously reported, Nicely was arrested Wednesday evening after law enforcement received a call from neighbors. Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera said that the suspect was “taken into custody with no issues.”



According to representatives of the Hillsboro Police Department, at approximately 9:13 a.m. Wednesday, Hillsboro police officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a 1997 Toyota Camry on West Main Street in Hillsboro. The driver allegedly was driving recklessly, including crossing the double yellow line, swerving and driving off the roadway.

The driver allegedly failed to comply with the order to stop and continued to drive west on U.S. 50 through Hoagland and Dodsonville before crashing into a guard rail in the area of Murtland Road and North Fork Road. After crashing, the driver exited the vehicle and fled into a heavily wooded area, according to the police department.

Court records show that Nicely was also held in contempt for alleged probation violations in other Hillsboro Municipal Court cases. In May 2019, Nicely was found guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor weapons charge. He was also found guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor assault charge in January 2018.

A bench warrant was also ordered for Nicely in Clermont County in July after Nicely failed to appear for a hearing in Clermont County Common Pleas Court, where he was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of hashish, both fifth-degree felonies.

A pretrial hearing for the new charges as well as a probation violation hearing for the other cases in Hillsboro Municipal Court has been scheduled for Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m.