LIMA — An Ada man was taken into custody Friday following a high-speed chase through three area counties.
At approximately 8:17 a.m. Friday, Allen County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to the area of Roush Road and Ada Road for a vehicle that was just stolen from a repair shop. The shop owner was following the suspect until deputies were on scene.
An Allen County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed the vehicle traveling southbound on Interstate 75 near Harding Highway and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver rapidly accelerated, continuing southbound on I-75 at speeds up to 100 mph. The pursuit traveled south through Auglaize County and into Shelby County. Officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Botkins Police Department, Anna Police Department, Sidney Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the chase. Near Sidney the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed.
The driver, James David Hedrick, 31, of Ada, Ohio, was transported to the Allen County Jail and charged with theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply.
The investigation is still ongoing.