DANVILLE — Chief Monte Vance of the Danville Police Department reported that during the early morning hours Nov. 4, Officer Chad Lishness observed a vehicle that he did not recognize as a local vehicle in the village. Vance said he has instructed his officers “if something catches their attention, check it out.”

As Lishness was keeping the vehicle under observation, he ran the vehicle’s license plate through his dispatch and was informed that the owner of the vehicle has a suspended driver’s license. Vance reported that Lishness had followed the vehicle from the area of the Village Square onto Danville-Amity Road. At one point Lishness felt the vehicle was trying to elude him as it had started to pull away at a very high rate of speed. As this took place, Vance reported that Lishness initiated a traffic stop and pursuit speeds reached in excess of 100 miles per hour. The suspect vehicle spun out in the area of Danville-Amity Road and Upper Fredericktown-Amity Road.

Vance reported that Lishness gave commands to the passengers to stay in their vehicle with their hands up as Lishness was waiting for back-up units from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to arrive. Deputies Ryan Burgess and Mike Rutherford arrived and assisted Lishness in having the occupants of the suspect vehicle to exit.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Alisha L. Storts, age 33, and her passenger was identified as Daniel P. Storts, 33, both of Mount Vernon. Vance reported as the officers were conducting their investigation, United States currency in the excess of $4,000, foreign currency in the excess of $4,000 and drugs were discovered. There was in the excess of 3,300 pills discovered as well as drug paraphernalia and other drugs including suspected marijuana, powder cocaine and rock cocaine.

Vance reported that Knox County Detective Craig Feeney responded to assist the officers with processing the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and Alisha and Daniel Storts were transported to the Knox County Jail.

Alisha Storts has been charged with a felony charge of eluding a police officer, expired driver’s license, reckless operation and failure to control. Daniel Storts is charged with a felony charge for possession of drugs.

Sgt. Daniel Weckesser of the Danville Police Department and Detective Craig Feeney of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office are assisting Officer Chad Lishness with the ongoing investigation and additional charges against the Storts’ may be fourthcoming. Both agencies are members of the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force.



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