A man is in the custody of Lorain police after officers say he hopped in a police cruiser, sped off and led them on a 30-minute chase that reached over 100 mph on August 17th 2018.
Lorain police responded Friday morning to a call about a man in distress in the 2300 block of Livingston Avenue, said Lorain police Lt. Michael Failing.
Officers learned that the man, Brandon Pettry, 30, was wanted by the Lorain County Sheriff's Office on a breaking and entering warrant. The officers took him to a spot where they intended to hand him over to sheriff's deputies, Failing said.
Pettry fought with both officers and the deputy before he got into a Lorain police cruiser and sped away, Failing said.
Lorain police contacted State Highway Patrol at about 11:50 a.m. to help in the pursuit that spanned two counties, said Lieutenant Robert Sellers.
The man drove west across Lorain County on State Route 113 through Birmingham and Milan, and north on U.S. 250 and State Route 13 towards Huron, where he ultimately crashed, police said.
Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said police in Milan set up spike strips on State Route 113, but Pettry managed to avoid them. Huron police also put spikes along State Route 13 which pierced one of the cruiser's tires, sending Pettry into a ditch near the Thunderbird Golf Course.
Pettry was brought to Mercy Hospital with a laceration on his head, Sigsworth said. Both Lorain officers were also transported to Mercy Hospiral for minor injuries, according to Failing.
"It was very dangerous because of the high speeds of the chase, as well as the firearms in the vehicle," Sigsworth said, adding that Pettry did not access any of the weapons in the police cruiser. "It's fortunate that no one else was hurt."
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