ARCHBOLD — A pursuit involving a vehicle stolen from a dealership led to two arrests Monday evening.
According to the Archbold Police Department, the female driver, Deztaney Spencer, 21, of Cleveland, was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. The driver of another vehicle involved in the pursuit, Thorne Carrington, 29, of Cleveland, was later charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.
The incident started with a report of a stolen vehicle from Terry Henricks Chrysler Dodge Jeep in the Village of Archbold at approximately 4:37 p.m. Monday.
The department reported officers responded to the call, pursued two vehicles and attempted to stop them in the 100 block of North Defiance Street. Both vehicles failed to stop and officers pursued both vehicles.
One vehicle crashed near the intersection of County Road D and County Road 24, and the vehicle — a black Dodge Challenger — was later found to be stolen from Strongsville. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Ashenfelter, Carrington was transported by Archbold EMS to the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon with suspected serious injuries following the crash.
The other vehicle that was stolen — a green Dodge Charger Hellcat — was later located on West Street in the Village of Archbold. The Archbold Police Department said a search was conducted in the area, and with the tips from local citizens, Spencer was taken into custody.
According to the Port Clinton News Herald, a warrant is outstanding for Spencer, who was charged with two counts of theft, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of fleeing and eluding police following a pursuit in December that reached speeds of up to 175 mph, according to a report from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. According to the Herald, the chase began after the Ohio Highway Patrol clocked a high-performance Dodge sedan going 145 mph on State Route 2 Dec. 12. Spencer is accused of having stolen a sheriff’s cruiser as a deputy was attempting to render aid to her injured passenger following a prior crash and high-speed pursuit.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office was paged for assistance during the pursuit Monday. The office reported it was only involved for three miles of the overall incident as it temporarily entered the northwest corner of the county. The motorist then fled back into Fulton County.
The Bryan Times contributed to this article.