Police Call Off Chase


Bellefontaine Police were on patrol when they watched a vehicle run the red light at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and West Sandusky Avenue.

As the officers attempted to catch up with the vehicle, they saw it had a temporary registration posted in the back window of the Ford Crown Victoria but could not make it out.

The car then turned into a parking lot near the intersection of North Hayes Street and East Sandusky Avenue.

Officers pulled in and initiated a traffic stop.

The car then exited the parking lot onto North Hayes Street, fleeing at a fast speed, running a stop sign.

Officers attempted to catch up with the vehicle, reaching 61 MPH but not catching the suspect.

The suspect continued, nearly hitting a truck traveling on Eastern Avenue, driving onto a lawn and almost hitting a telephone pole.

They then continued south through an alley towards Cooper Avenue and went the wrong way on the one-way.

Officers slowed when they saw a small child near a parked vehicle and waited until the mother retrieved them, losing sight of the Ford as it turned onto Ludlow Road.

The pursuit was called off due to public safety concerns.

Moments, later dispatch notified officers that a collision had happened at the intersection of North Main Street and Sandusky Avenue involving the Ford.

The suspect fled the crash and was last seen by witnesses heading towards U.S. 33.

An investigation continues.