Crime / Courts

‘C-4’ jailed after high speed chase

By Nikki Blankenship

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Portsmouth Police Department (PPD) has confirmed that Damar Arnold (aka C-4) was the driver involved in Tuesday night’s high speed chase and collision.

According PPD, at close to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, officers were assigned to detail a blue 2015 Chrysler 300. Officers located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the 1700 block of Kendall Ave.

“The vehicle stopped momentarily to let a passenger out and then immediately fled from the traffic stop. The vehicle pursuit left the Kendall Heights area, onto Pleasant Hill, and into New Boston. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle reach speeds in excess of 90 mph, passed vehicles on the wrong side of the road, and drove the wrong direction on a one way street.  The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle was forced onto Pennsylvania Ave. where he drove off a hillside and stuck a vacant home,” a release from the PPD stated.

The release added that Arnold was taken into custody as he was attempting to flee the vehicle. He had a loaded Glock handgun in his front pocket. During a vehicle search, officers recovered what they suspect to be four grams of crack cocaine and five grams of methamphetamine. The substances were individually wrapped.

“Mr. Arnold has numerous felony convictions which prohibit him from possessing a firearm, including an aggravated robbery conviction in June 2005,” the PPD explained. “Mr. Arnold was treated and released at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Mr. Arnold was processed and lodged in the Scioto County Jail. Mr. Arnold is a 32-year-old male who listed his address as homeless in Portsmouth. Mr. Arnold was charged with the below listed charges.


  1. Trafficking in Drugs Schedule I or II (Felony 3)
  2. Having a weapon while under a disability (Felony 3)
  3. Failure to comply with the order of police officer (Felony 3)
  4. Carrying a concealed weapon (Felony 4)
  5. Trafficking in drugs, cocaine (Felony 5)”


The suspected narcotics will be tested by the BCI&I for identification. This case will be presented to the Scioto County Grand Jury for additional charges. The PPD was assisted by the New Boston Police Department.