FORT LORAMIE — An Auglaize County man was taken into custody after fleeing the scene of a crash on the south side of Fort Loramie Wednesday afternoon around 12:30 p.m.
Adam C. Roberts, 27, of St. Marys, is being charged with driving under suspension and leaving the scene on Wednesday, Feb. 14, after crashing into a utility pole and causing it to fall forward before coming to a stop on a fence on state Route 66 just south of Fort Loramie.
Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart said a One Call notice was put out about five minutes after law enforcement arrived and did not find a driver on the scene.
Roberts took off on foot with his pit bull after the crash, Lenhart said, and was apprehended about 30 minutes later hiding in Loramie Creek on the north side of Fort Loramie.
Fort Loramie Local Schools Superintendent Daniel Holland said in an email that the district put both of their buildings on a “soft lock down” when they were alerted that a car crashed on state Route 66 and the driver fled on foot.
A soft lock down means the day will go on as scheduled, but students are not allowed to leave the building without a parent or guardian, Holland said. The lock down was lifted at 1:07 p.m. when the school was informed the individual had been located.
“The students and staff in both buildings did exceptionally well. I think this is a testament to the training that we do and the practice scenarios the students and staff take part in. We try to remain diligent in preparing and being proactive to deal with safety issues,” Holland said in the email.
Lenhart said the investigation of the crash continues as the sheriff’s office is still processing Roberts’ car.
“A thank you goes out to Minster Police, the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Loramie Police Chief Nathan Brown, and our guys (the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office), and to the citizens who called in (Roberts) general location,” Lenhart said.
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