Drug bust ends in crash, arrest

FOSTORIA – A Fostoria man was arrested Wednesday evening after he rammed his vehicle into a police cruiser as law enforcement attempted to serve a search warrant at his West Fremont Street residence.

Eric E. Coleman II, 22, who rammed his vehicle into a Fostoria police cruiser head-on in an attempt to elude law enforcement, has been charged with three counts of felonious assault, a first-degree felony, vandalism, a fifth-degree felony, and driving under suspension.

He also faces charges of possession of heroin, possession of criminal tools, possession of stolen firearms, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana pending further investigation and lab testing, according to a release from the Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit.

Suspected heroin, money, criminal tools, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and handguns were found at Coleman’s residence, 355 1/2 W. Fremont St., during the search.

According to the release, Coleman caused extensive damage to his vehicle and to the cruiser when he rammed it.

Coleman appeared in Fostoria Municipal Court Thursday where his bond was set at $100,000 for the felonious assault charges and $50,000 for the vandalism charge.

METRICH Unit Coordinator Chuck Boyer said Thursday heroin continues to be a problem throughout the METRICH region.

“It’s been an ongoing problem,” he said.

“Heroin addiction is a devastating drug, not only to the people who abuse heroin but to the community it plagues. The execution of this search warrant is just a small example of what area law enforcement plan on doing to combat the heroin issue in our community,” said Capt. Pat Brooks of the Fostoria Police Department.

Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to their local law enforcement agencies or to the METRICH Enforcement Unit Crime Hotline at (877) 446-Drug or (419) 443-0463.