LIMA — A high speed pursuit on Interstate 75 Friday morning with multiple law enforcement agencies through three counties ended in a three-vehicle crash and the arrest of a male suspect.
James David Hedrick, 31, of Ada, was transported to the Allen County Jail and charged with theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply.
According to a press release from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the area of Roush Road and Ada Road in Lima at approximately 8:17 a.m. on Friday, April 23, for a vehicle that was just stolen from a repair shop. The shop owner was following the suspect until deputies were on scene. An Allen County Sheriff’s Office deputy was able to locate the vehicle traveling southbound on I-75 near Harding Highway and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver rapidly accelerated, continuing southbound on I-75 at speeds up to 100 mph, failing to stop for deputies. The pursuit traveled south through Auglaize County and proceeded into Shelby County.
Officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Wapakoneta and Piqua Posts, Botkins, Anna, and Sidney Police Departments, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. Once other agencies were present, Allen County Sheriff’s deputies discontinued the pursuit. A short time later, near Sidney’s mile marker 93, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The Ohio State Highway Patrol Wapakoneta Post handled the crash. Hedrick, the driver, did not have any injuries.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Wapakoneta Post, at approximately 8:43 a.m., Hedrick was traveling southbound on I-75 when he lost control of the stolen white Ford F150 truck he was driving after a deputy was in position with stop sticks down on the roadway. It is unclear if the Ford ran over the stop sticks, but the driver lost control and the vehicle hit the right side of a southbound semi’s trailer and cab. The collision caused one of the semitrailer’s right tires to blow out. The Ford then went off the left side of the roadway and stuck the wire cable median, where it came to a stop. Debris from the collision with the semitrailer hit and shattered the rear windshield of a southbound white Jeep Grand Cherokee on I-75.
The Sidney Department of Fire and Emergency Services also responded to the scene of the crash. No one was injured in the crash.
Hedrick was further served with an outstanding arrest warrant for theft of a motor vehicle.
The incident remains under investigation by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.
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