Police are looking for a woman who led police on a chase going 175 mph, stole a sheriff’s cruiser and crashed it in a ditch, then stole the pickup of a passerby who stopped to help.
Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick told the News Herald Monday that police followed a high performance Dodge sedan after highway patrol clocked it going 145 mph on Ohio 2 around 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
The female driver, whom police did not identify, began heading westbound on Ohio 163 near Elliston-Trowbridge Road, topping out at 175 mph.
The chase continued for several miles as Levorchick said the woman led police from Ohio 2 to Ohio 163 and on side roads between those two highways including Benton Carroll Road, Toussaint North Road and Rocky Ridge Road.
When the Dodge crashed on Ohio 163, a sheriff’s deputy heard screams from a female passenger in the vehicle who been seriously injured.
“As my deputy got out, the passenger was out and screaming for help and the driver got in our car and stole it,” Levorchick said.
The woman sped off in the deputy’s cruiser and drove about a mile down the road before losing control and running it into a ditch, Levorchick said.
The sheriff said both the driver and the injured passenger, Donrel Proctor, are from Cleveland.
Proctor was transported to Magruder Hospital and then taken by medical helicopter to a Toledo-area hospital for treatment, Levorchick said.
After the woman stole the police cruiser and crashed in the ditch, a passerby stopped his vehicle to help. The woman who stole the cruiser screamed, “He’s hurt,” making it appear that the deputy was still inside the cruiser and injured, according to the sheriff.
The woman then stole the good samaritan’s pickup and got back on the road, ending up crashing the stolen pickup in Detroit.
Levorchick said the investigation continues as the woman’s last known whereabouts were from the truck crash in Detroit.
“Right now, our patrol deputies and detectives are investigating and they’re following several different leads,” Levorchick said Monday morning.
Assisting deputies in the chase were officers from Elmore, Genoa, Clay Township, Oak Harbor and Carroll Township.