Man who fled police slowed by guilty plea

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 20, 2005

An Ironton area man who led police on a high speed chase earlier this year and an Ironton area man arrested on drug charges were among those pleading guilty last week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Otis Hogston, 62, of 26 Township Road 1377, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree felony fleeing and eluding and two counts of second degree felonious assault.

These charges stem from an incident Feb. 13 during which he led police on a high speed pursuit that began in Hanging Rock and ended near the Ashland bridges.

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During the incident, Hogston tried to ram a Coal Grove Police cruiser and then fought with the officers who arrested him.

Hogston also pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft, one count of assault on a peace officer and one count of felonious assault stemming from an earlier incident.

Hogston will serve a total of

two years in prison for his guilty pleas.

Also last week, Trenton Mize, 33, of 63 Township Road 1023, Ironton, pleaded guilty to

three counts of fourth-degree felony trafficking in crack cocaine, one count of third-degree felony trafficking in crack cocaine and one count of fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools.

He was sentenced to a total of four years in prison and ordered to pay fines totaling $10,000.

Mize was one of two people arrested in February by Lawrence County Drug Task Force agents during a drug raid near Burlington.