FINDLAY — A Detroit man was arrested early Sunday after allegedly leading the Ohio State Highway Patrol on a chase in a stolen car on Interstate 75 in Hancock and Wood counties.
According to the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol, a trooper attempted to stop a 2002 Dodge Stratus, which was southbound on I-75 in Findlay, for a marked lanes violation at about 12:07 a.m.
The driver of the car shut off the headlights and accelerated rapidly south on the interstate. According to the patrol, when the car approached the rest area south of Findlay, the driver slowed the car to about 5 mph when three people, including one holding a small child, jumped out of the vehicle.
The car then made a U-turn and headed north in the southbound lanes for short distance before crossing the median and continuing northbound in the northbound lanes, the patrol reported.
Additional troopers picked up the pursuit of the car as it headed into Wood County, and the car crashed into the median about a mile south of the U.S. 6 exit in Wood County, the patrol reported.
Following the crash, the driver fled on foot, crossing the southbound lanes headed into a wooded area. According to the patrol, footprints were found south of the wooded area and the suspect was taken into custody without incident a short distance later.
The car was determined to be stolen out of Findlay, the patrol reported, and the suspect, identified as Ted Price, 20, has been charged with failure to comply, a third-degree felony; receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; and child endangerment and obstruction of official business, both misdemeanor charges. According to the patrol, Price has an extensive criminal history and is wanted under an arrest warrant from Michigan. He was being held in the Hancock County Jail.
The passengers, identified as Dorothy Robinson, 50, of Lima; Stacey Nelson, 20, of Detroit; Ronald Robertson, 33, of Detroit; and Deshawn Crawford, 3, of Detroit, were taken to the patrol post for further investigation.
Besides troopers from the Findlay and Bowling Green posts of the State Highway Patrol, officers from the Bowling Green Police Department and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the chase and arrest of the suspect.