Russia man leads deputy on high speed chase

Staff report

SIDNEY — A Russia man was arrested after leading a deputy on a short pursuit Sunday afternoon.

Karl Louis Kittel, 50, 230 Elizabeth Drive, Russia, was cited for speeding, reckless operation and failure to comply with order or signal of officer (elude or flee). According to the report, Deputy Ed Garrett was responding to a incident where one vehicle forced another vehicle off the road in the area of Miami Conservancy and Stagnel roads. While enroute, the deputy passed the suspect vehicle on Hardin Wapakoneta Road. The vehicle was caught on radar going in excess of 75 mph.

Kittel allegedly sped up and passed another vehicle south of Millcreek at about 88 mph. He then accelerated out of range of Garrett’s vehicle. The vehicle then sped up to 88 mph and Garrett turned his vehicle around and began pursuing Kittel. The cruiser had its lights and sirens on.

The deputy estimated Kittel’s was driving in excess of 100 mph as his vehicle passed Greenville Road. As the pursuit continued, Kittel decelerated as it closed with state Route 47 and he turned west onto the highway without stopped.

Garrett called in the pursuit to dispatch and turned onto state Route 47. He caught up with Kittel’s vehicle near Patterson Halpin Road (north) at 100 mph. Kittel continued west, passing several vehicles in a row while the deputy paced him at 105 mph. As the vehicles passed Patterson Halpin (south) Kittel began to slow his vehicle down until he was driving at 70 mph. Kittel then turned into a residential driveway.

Kittel followed the deputy’s orders on getting out of the vehicle. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail. He was schedule to appear in Sidney Municipal Court Monday.

Staff report