Milan, OHIO – Ohio State troopers brought a vehicle pursuit with a stolen vehicle to a safe conclusion Thursday morning.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., the Westlake Police Department attempted to stop a reported stolen vehicle traveling westbound on IR 90. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated. As the pursuit entered the Ohio Turnpike, state troopers became engaged in the pursuit.
Speeds briefly reached over 100 mph before troopers were able to slow the vehicle using a rolling roadblock. During this roadblock, a trooper made visual eye contact with the driver and directed him to pull over. The driver failed to comply and continued to flee.
A short time later, troopers placed stop-sticks in the roadway; the driver drove into the ditch to avoid the tire flattening devices. Troopers blocked the vehicles exit from the ditch and supervisors used intentional contact to stop the pursuit before anyone could be injured. The driver, a 10-year-old male, was removed from the car and taken into custody without injury. He was transported to Fisher Titus Medical Center for evaluation along with his legal guardian.
The Patrol is in contact with the Erie County Prosecutor’s Office for review of charges. Upon release from the medical center, the driver will be placed in the custody of the Erie County Children Services. No persons were injured during this incident. One Patrol car and the driver’s vehicle received non-functional damage.
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