LEWISBURG — A Village of Lewisburg Police Department cruiser involved in a recent crash may be totaled, leaving the department down a vehicle.
On Saturday, Dec. 29, Eaton Police Division attempted to stop an individual within Eaton city limits. While the chase was not high speed, the individual never stopped, according to reports.
At approximately 2 a.m. Lewisburg Police Division observed the individual at a stop light in town.
At that point, the chase became high speed, as the individual reached speeds of 70 miles per hour in the village.
Traveling Ohio 503 southbound, the chase wound through county roads to Bantas Creek Road, according to officials.
According to Lewisburg Police Chief Rick McGee, the individual was driving erratically while turning his headlights and taillights on and off sporadically.
While on Bantas Creek Road, the perpetrator’s lights were off and the officer in pursuit had to swerve to avoid colliding with the vehicle.
When the suspect swerved, the officer collided with a tree, causing damage to the Dodge Charger cruiser.
Both the officer and the perpetrator were unharmed; the officer walked away with bumps and bruises, according to McGee.
As for the perpetrator, Chief McGee said, through an investigation officers picked him up days later. The case was scheduled to be placed before the Preble County grand jury on Monday, Jan. 7.
The department is waiting on determination from the insurance company whether the car is totaled. The Village of Lewisburg had only recently replaced the engine in the Dodge Charger police cruiser involved.
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