Dakota Nicely (Photo courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office)
Dakota Nicely (Photo courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office)
A driver who allegedly refused to stop for a traffic violation, leading officers on a chase west of Hillsboro before crashing into a guard rail, has been apprehended, according to Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera.

Barrera said the suspect, who was identified as Dakota Nicely, 26, was arrested Wednesday evening after law enforcement received a call from neighbors. The sheriff 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.

According to law enforcement, Nicely has warrants for his arrest for other alleged offenses. He also allegedly violated several offenses during the pursuit, including fleeing and eluding, failure to comply with the order of a police officer and reckless operation.

The Hillsboro Police Department had assistance from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, including the OSHP Air Unit, who provided a helicopter in the search for the suspect.