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Central, Southern Ohio Lead In Felony Stops

Central and Southern Ohio led the state in the number of felony arrests made from traffic stops. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that 2,079 felony stops were made between January and July of this year. Franklin County led the state with 171 arrests, followed by Scioto County with 109, Lorain County with 70 and Jackson and Lucas Counties with 65 each. According to the Highway Patrol, 74 percent of the arrests come from a trooper "looking beyond the license plate" to spot criminal activity, such as evidence of drug use. Patrol superintendent Col. John Born said increased vigilance is taking drugs, weapons and dangerous drivers off Ohio's streets. The majority of those arrested were charged with a drug offense or operating a vehicle while intoxicated.