Note: This story appears in the Thursday, May 16 newspaper on Page A1.
A woman who allegedly crashed a truck near two small children while being pursued by Athens County sheriff’s deputies is facing a felony charge.
Diana Losey, 52, of Lake Drive, Trimble, had her initial appearance Wednesday in Athens County Municipal Court on a felony charge of failure to comply with an order of a law enforcement officer. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for this coming Monday, and her bond was set at $10,000 with posting of 10 percent allowed.
However, Losey is also in Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a warrant from Perry County Common Pleas Court.
According to a news release from Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith, deputies responded Monday afternoon to a report of a burglary in progress on Lake Drive. While en route, deputies were advised that a possible suspect, Losey, had a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear at a court hearing in Perry County.
As deputies arrived they saw a group of people in the yard of the Lake Drive residence, and saw a woman — later identified as Losey — run to a truck and drive away, according to the news release.
The truck went through the yard, struck a parked car in the driveway and allegedly left at a high rate of speed on Lake Drive. When the pursuit arrived at Jacksonville speeds reached 97 miles per hour, according to the news release, and Losey allegedly ran a red light on Route 685 before turning onto Greens Run Road. Losey lost control of the truck and crashed into a privacy fence in the backyard of a residence.
Two children, ages 3 and 5, were in “extreme close proximity” to the crash and falling fence, the news release alleges. Deputies ordered her to exit the truck, but Losey put the truck in reverse and traveled up Greens Run Road backwards at a high rate of speed. As Losey attempted to turn around, the truck went into a ditch. At that time, Losey was taken into custody.
Losey has not been charged in Athens County Municipal Court in connection with the reported burglary.
According to online Perry County Common Pleas Court records, Losey is under indictment in that county on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs and an arrest warrant was issued after she failed to appear at a May 7 hearing in the case. Perry County records spell her first name “Dianna” and list a Hebron address for her.