ST. MARYS — A motorcyclist from Fairborn was taken into custody Wednesday night in St. Marys after leading law enforcement agencies from two counties on a high-speed chase, during which the motorcycle’s speed reportedly topped 100 mph.
St. Marys Police Chief Jacob Sutton said Omar Rivera, 34, was arrested near that city’s police station at approximately 10:15 p.m. Wednesday after the motorcyclist went down a dead-end road.
Rivera was charged with a third-degree felony count of failure to comply with the order or signal of police officers and was booked into the Auglaize County jail.
Sutton said that, contrary to some reports on social media, Rivera did not crash his motorcycle but instead simply parked the bike in the 300 block of Cherry Street, just a few blocks from the police station.
“He just parked the motorcycle and took off on foot. It didn’t take long” for St. Marys police officers to apprehend Rivera, Sutton said.
The pursuit began Wednesday night along northbound state Route 66 in Shelby County. Sutton said Rivera traveled northbound on Route 66 at speeds topping 100 mph.
Deputies reportedly lost sight of the motorcycle briefly near state Route 219 but made visual contact a short time later on South Main Street near St. Marys.