RI US House candidate arrested in Ohio on threatening charges | Fremont Tribune – Government and Politics

TROY, Ohio (AP) — A congressional candidate from Rhode Island has been arrested on a menacing charge after a driver said he was followed for dozens of miles in Ohio.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Todd Tennant said deputies stopped the car of Michael Neary, 28, of Columbus around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday after an SUV driver reported being followed by Columbus to Troy, over 60 miles (100 kilometers).

Tennant said the SUV driver reported that Neary’s car followed them all the way, mimicking their every move, matching speed and lane changes and even stopping at a rest area after them. The other driver had just returned from Florida and had not reported any 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 political office, was very stressed and focused on the Ohio license plate on the vehicle in front of him.

Neary was arrested on misdemeanor threatening criminal harassment charges, as well as drug charges after marijuana and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found in his car.

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Neary is among a wide array of candidates for the Democratic nomination in Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional district following incumbent Democrat Jim Langevin’s announcement in January that he is not seeking re-election.

It is unknown if Neary has an attorney; a message was left on Saturday at a number listed in his name.

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