2 arrested after high-speed chase from Franklin to Meadville

From staff reports

Franklin police arrested a Franklin man and a Venus woman on several drug-related and DUI charges after a high-speed pursuit early Friday morning.

Christopher Ahrens, 42, and Alexis Kelly, 19, were arrested with the assistance of several departments, Franklin police said.

Police tried to stop a black station wagon driven by Ahrens at the 300 block of Grant Street at about 3 a.m. Friday. Police said Ahrens refused to stop, then fled west on Route 322 at speeds of more than 110 mph.

Police said the pursuit finally ended near the Station 4 Firehouse Grille in Meadville.

Ahrens and Kelly were detained, and police observed a marijuana odor emanating from the vehicle, as well as a small amount of marijuana on the center console and two syringes on the passenger floorboard, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said they observed from Ahrens outward signs of intoxication by a controlled substance.

Franklin police were assisted by Franklin state police as well as police departments from Meadville, Cochranton and West Mead.

Ahrens is facing felony counts of fleeing or eluding an officer and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, in addition to several misdemeanor counts related to drug possession and DUI.

He was placed in the Venango County jail on $50,000 bail.

Kelly is facing a felony charge of manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession, possession of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled Wednesday in Central Court.