Archbold, OH

Liechty Indicted In Connection With Pursuit

Joshua Liechty

Joshua Liechty

Joshua D. Liechty, 33, Fayette, has been indicted by the Fulton County grand jury in connection with a vehicle pursuit in Wauseon, and possession of methamphetamine.

Liechty, who at one time had an Archbold address, also has faced criminal charges stemming from incidents that have occurred in Archbold.

The Fulton County Grand Jury met on Monday July 21, and handed down an indictment charging Liechty with two counts of failure to comply with the order or signal or a police officer, and a single count of aggravated possession of drugs.

A Wauseon police officer and a Fulton County sheriff deputy spotted a white pickup truck, suspected of being involved in gasoline thefts in Wauseon, on Shoop Avenue about 10:29 am, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

During the pursuit, a Wauseon patrol car and the pickup made contact twice. Once, the truck skidded sideways but recovered.

The second time, the truck spun out, with the patrol car front bumper pressed against the passenger side door.

The driver, later identified as Liechty, fled on foot.

The deputy found him attempting to hide behind another pickup.

He tried to run a second time, but gave up and was taken into custody.

The indictment states Liechty allegedly fled from a police officer after receiving a visible or audible signal to stop and “allegedly caused a substantial risk of serious harm to persons or property.

“He also allegedly possessed methamphetamine.”


Liechty was most recently in the news in Archbold in connection with a June 23 incident at a South Street home.

Melissa A Grime, 38, 500 South Street, called police about 10:05 pm, Monday, June 23, to report a person, identified as Liechty, was in her garage, and had been asked to leave.

An Archbold police officer spoke to Liechty, who was allegedly intoxicated at the time. Liechty told the officer he had permission to be in the garage.

Upon checking their records, it was found there was a temporary protection order in place for Grime, so Liechty was arrested for allegedly violating the order and was taken to CCNO.

The case is pending.

Other Cases

In 2013, Liechty was convicted on a charge of domestic violence after an incident that occurred on the night of Saturday, March 30, after Lacey L. Simon, then 24, Archbold, told police she walked into the Liechty residence on West Barre Road and he assaulted her.

Archbold police noted in their report she suffered “apparent minor injuries.”

In June 2013, Liechty pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge. He was fined $250, charged $78 for court costs, and assigned 30 hours of community service.

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