Update One male and female are currently incarcerated in the Morrow County jail. Source: Fredericktown Police Department
FREDERICKTOWN — Police are following up on tips from a Saturday pursuit and have yet to see what the suspects’ vehicle can tell them.
“We do have some leads we’re working on,” Fredericktown Police Lt. Kyle Johnson said. “The public has been very helpful in this in providing us with tips.”
The police department has a silver Mercedes SUV in impound and video surveillance of two suspects. The Mercedes was found in Morrow County, and the surveillance was taken from a local convenience store prior to the pursuit.
According to FPD reports, the pursuit started at 5:42 a.m. Saturday when a patrolman attempted to pull over the Mercedes for a fictitious license plate and no front license plate. The driver did not stop and began to flee from the officer, turning west on Salem Road without stopping at the intersection of Pinkley and Salem roads. The driver continued to flee on Salem Road at speeds over 70 miles per hour, according to FPD reports.
The pursuit was called off for safety reasons. According to Fredericktown Police Chief Roger Brown, the pursuit was terminated due to “substantial risk of harm to the officer, the vehicle occupants or others, and the nature of the minor violation” that initiated the pursuit. Brown said a license plate number was recorded before the pursuit was terminated.
The Mercedes went into a driveway off Township Road 178 in Morrow County and was determined to have gone through the yard, several fields, pastures and fence rows, re-entering the roadway on County Road 121, according to reports. The Mercedes was recovered, abandoned, on Township Road 108 in Morrow County.
The Mercedes is currently in impound and will be inventoried, Johnson said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted in the pursuit.