LIMA — What was originally supposed to be a routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase that lasted more than an hour and involved officers from three different law enforcement agencies.
According to Sgt. Fred DePalma of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, at 2:38 a.m. Saturday, officers were in the process of pulling over a 2011 Mercury in regards to an equipment infraction. The driver then took off, leading patrol cars on a high-speed chase both within city limits as well as on county roads. Officers from the Lima Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted in the chase.
DePalma said that spike strips were laid out on the roadway in an attempt to force the driver to stop. While the vehicle did run over the spikes, the driver was able to maintain control and prolong the chase.
The chase continued until 4:05 a.m., when the vehicle finally flipped over on state Route 81 at the Interstate 75 overpass and came to a stop, causing the driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, to be trapped inside. The driver was then extricated from the vehicle and was recovering from minor injuries at a local hospital. No officers were injured during the chase.
The identity of the driver had not been released as of late Saturday as no charges had yet been filed, pending the driver’s release from the hospital.