An investigation into four auto thefts in Williams County led to a high-speed chase Thursday morning, which in turn, led to injuries for two officers and damage to three police cruisers. In the end, two men were in police custody.
A joint press release issued last evening by the Stueben County Sheriff’s Office and the Williams County Sheriff’s Office says it all started early Thursday morning when a Steuben County deputy saw two vehicles heading west on Metz Road, both reported stolen earlier in the week.
The drivers tried to get away, but one vehicle want into a ditch. The other continued on before stopping. Sergeant Todd Patterson of the Steuben County Sheriff’s office stepped out of his cruiser. At that, the driver threw the vehicle into reverse, and hit Patterson and his car, then took off again.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and another Steuben County sheriff’s K9 unit blocked the road, however the punched his way through.
Both cruisers were damaged and the trooper sustained minor injuries.
22 year old Christopher Ervin and 24 year old Timothy Dull, both of Hamilton, Indiana were taken into custody as was Dull’s femail companion, but she was later released and no charges were filed against her.