Bryan man arrested after leading police on two county high speed chase

A Bryan man was arrested by Bryan Police Department Monday afternoon following a high-speed pursuit in Williams and Defiance counties. 39 year old Joseph Herder was charged with OVI, speeding, fleeing a police officer, reckless operation, failure to control and driving without a license. According to Bryan Police Chief Mike Willis, the incident began at 2:24 p.m. when a Bryan police officer attempted to stop Herder’s vehicle on Fountain Grove Road for a speeding violation. Willis reported that Herder fled, leading officers on a pursuit through both counties. Herder reportedly lost control of his vehicle at Ohio routes 249 and 49 north of Hicksville. The vehicle came to rest off the side of the road. He was not injured in the crash. Handling the crash scene was the Defiance post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. According to the Bryan Municipal Court website, Herder has previous OVI convictions. The incident remains under investigation.

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