CRIDERSVILLE — A high-speed chase that began on Interstate 75 near Bluffton ended after the vehicle authorities were chasing crashed in downtown Cridersville around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.
According to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol a 2020 Land Rover was westbound on Main Street at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control of the vehicle upon crossing the railroad tracks and ran off the road and struck a tree. The SUV continued on and struck two parked cars before coming to rest in the roadway and catching fire. Debris from the crash struck an additional vehicle and a business.
About 20 minutes before the crash, the Findlay Dispatch Center received a call of several vehicles driving recklessly on Interstate 75 southbound near the County Road 99 exit.
Troopers responded to the area and initiated a traffic stop. As the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver fled southbound and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit last for about 20 miles and was terminated when troopers lost sight of the vehicle. It was later determined the vehicle had crashed after exiting I-75 at the Cridersville exit.
The driver and a front-seat passenger were transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center by Cridersville EMS. A third occupant fled the scene with a large suitcase and remains at large.
Chuck Karb posted on his Facebook page that he “had just left the Dollar General and this vehicle passed me on Main Street. Then passed the vehicle in front of me and hit the (rail) road tracks in (sic) went totally airborne about 3’ to 4’ in the air. It crashed into a tree and bounced to the other side of the road. Next thing I saw was flames.”
The Ohio State Highway Patrol brought in an aircraft to help in the search for the person, who was still missing Tuesday night.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.