A man was arrested on a domestic violence charge and a woman charged with obstructing official business after their vehicles reportedly chased each other down Ohio 60 Thursday afternoon.
Washington County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Scott Parks pulled two vehicles over on Ohio 60 near the intersection with Ohio 821 around 2:15 p.m. Arrested were Rodrick Pettis, 23, of Columbus, on a first-degree misdemeanor count of domestic violence and his ex-girlfriend, Natasha Treadway, 23, of Mansfield, on a second-degree misdemeanor charge of obstructing. Although they listed out-of-town addresses, Parks said both subjects are in the area frequently.
Neither Pettis or Treadway were driving the vehicles, and Parks said citations or charges still could be issued against the drivers themselves.
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Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Matthew Anderson, right, talks with Mansfield resident Natasha Treadway after her arrest on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business.
"They were just both driving recklessly, and it was obvious there was a conflict going on on the road," Parks said. "They were impeding traffic; they were blocking lanes of travel.
"They were putting the public (as a) whole at risk by engaging in that kind of behavior on the roadway," he said.
According to an affidavit of facts provided by the Washington County Jail, authorities received a call from the driver of Pettis' vehicle, Devann Wenzel. After both vehicles were stopped, the man said Treadway was "chasing them up the road and cutting them off," the report says.
Deputies then spoke with Raquel Brock, the driver of the vehicle Treadway was in, and she said Pettis had gotten them to pull over on an unknown road north of where the vehicles were eventually stopped. The affidavit says the driver reported some sort of confrontation took place and they drove off.
The woman then stated Pettis' vehicle chased theirs down the road. Both vehicles chased each other and drove dangerously, the affidavit says, however, it notes the automobiles neither made contact with each other or caused an accident.
Deputies interviewed Treadway, who the affidavit says reported that Pettis got out of his vehicle when they stopped the first time, reached in her window and grabbed her neck. She later said he only reached in and scratched her, then claimed he did not touch her at all, the affidavit says.
Eventually, Treadway said she was lying because she did not want Pettis arrested, the report says.
Both Pettis and Treadway were in custody at the Washington County Jail Thursday night. Bond had not been set for Pettis, while Treadway's was $500, jail officials said.