Two people remained incarcerated in the Tuscarawas County jail after allegedly robbing a Newcomerstown area gas station and then leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit that ended when the suspects crashed into an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser just south of New Philadelphia.

Authorities identified the suspects as Jerry Ackley III, of Painesville, in northeast Ohio, and Kristie Barnes, of Magnolia, in north-central Ohio.

The vehicle they were driving was reportedly stolen from a Cleveland resident.

Charges are pending against Ackley and Barnes.

According to reports, the strong-armed robbery occurred just after 2 p.m. last Tuesday (May 14)

It was not known if one or both of the suspects entered the Duke and Dutches BP gas station on Route 36 just west of the Route 36/Interstate 77 interchange.

The suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities in Guernsey County were alerted to be on

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the lookout for the suspects at 10:30 a.m., at which time it was not known which direction the suspects traveled upon entering I-77.

Witnesses were able to obtain the license plate information for the black Hyundai and it was discovered the vehicle had been reported as stolen by a Cleveland resident.

Initial reports indicated authorities were searching for two white males.

The suspects were located a short time later on I-77 and a pursuit was initiated after the driver of the Hyundai refused to stop.

The pursuit continued northbound to the area of New Philadelphia's York Elementary School, where the suspects collided with an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser. The patrol sergeant driving the cruiser was not injured.

The suspects were taken into custody following a brief foot pursuit.

The incidents remained under investigation by Tuscarawas County authorities.