Officers of the Sidney Police Department report a suspect was arrested Monday afternoon following a pursuit with a stolen Richmond, Ind., police cruiser.
The suspect, Timothy M. Gard, 32, of Richmond, Ind., was taken into custody by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies in the area of Knoop Johnston Road following the pursuit. He faces possible charges of fleeding and eluding and receiving stolen property.
About 2 p.m., Sidney officers were made aware that a stolen Richmond, Ind., police cruiser was northbound on I-75 from Miami County. The stolen cruiser was spotted exiting I-75 at Exit 92 in Sidney and then heading eastbound on State Route 47.
Officers said the suspect was operating the stolen cruiser recklessly at a high rate of speed, causing a minor accident at Wilkinson Street and S.R. 47.
A Sidney Police officer got behind the stolen vehicle in the downtown area and attempted to maintain a visual contact with the vehicle; however, contact was lost with the vehicle on east Court Street at Brooklyn Avenue.
Officers continued eastbound on State Route 29 and found the cruiser had crashed near the railroad overpass near Pasco.
A witness near the scene stated that the driver had run south into the woodline. Police, deputies, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and officers from other jurisdictions arrived in the area and set up a perimeter.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.