TROY, Ohio (AP) — A Rhode Island congressional candidate has been arrested on a threatening charge after a driver reported being followed for miles in Ohio.
Lt. Todd Tennant of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office said deputies pulled over the car of Michael Neary, 28, of Columbus around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday after a sport utility vehicle driver reported that he was being tracked from Columbus to Troy was more than 60 miles (100 kilometers) away.
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Tennant said the SUV driver reported that Neary’s car followed them all the way, mimicking their every move, adjusting speed and lane changes, and even stopping at a rest area after they did. The other driver had just returned from Florida and reported no previous relationship or acquaintance with Neary.
Authorities said Neary told them he had recently returned from Rhode Island, where he said he was running for a political position, was very stressed and was focused on getting the vehicle before him registered in Ohio.
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Neary was arrested on one misdemeanor charge of threatening stalking and drug offenses after marijuana and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found in his car.
Neary is among a large field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional district after incumbent Democrat Jim Langevin announced in January that he would not seek re-election.
It’s unclear if Neary has an attorney; A message was left on Saturday at a number listed in his name.
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