HIT Arrest in Celina

July 29, 2015-

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Celina Police Chief Tom Wale, and Coldwater Police Chief Jason Miller reports the Heroin Interdiction Team made an arrest of 32 year old Melissa Harper of 3601 St. Rte. 703 Lot 55, Celina, OH.

On July 28, 2015 at approximately 5:26 pm an Officer working HIT observed a traffic violation on Logan Street in Celina.  The vehicle was stopped in the West Elementary parking lot.  The Officer observed signs of the driver (Harper) being impaired.  Officers  also located suspected heroin and a syringe in Harper's possession.  Harper's 4 year-old son was also found to be a passenger in the vehicle.

Harper was arrested and transported to the Adult Detention Facility where a presumptive urine test indicated a positive result for morphine.  Harper was charged with the following:

OVI (Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol)

Several driving under suspensions

Failed to have her child in a child restraint seat

Possession of drug abuse instruments

Child endangerment

Officers also issued the owner of the vehicle Barbara Hooten for wrongful entrustment for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive her vehicle and has been warned for the same violation in the past.

The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges.


News Release from Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey