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Grand jury indicts Lorain man accused of stealing police cruiser, leading officers on high-speed chase into Erie County

September 27, 2018

Grand jury indicts Lorain man accused of stealing police cruiser, leading officers on high-speed chase into Erie County

ELYRIA, Ohio -- A Lorain man has been indicted after police say he stole a Lorain police cruiser and led officers on a high-speed chase through two counties.

Brandon Pettry, 31, was indicted on felony charges of escape, assault, vandalism, three counts of theft, failure to comply with police, obstructing official business and resisting arrest, court records show. A Lorain County grand jury also indicted him on misdemeanor charges of driving under suspension and willful or wanton disregard for safety highways.

Pettry was arrested last month after officers say he hopped in a police cruiser, sped off and led them on a 30-minute chase that reached over 100 mph.

Two Lorain police officers responded on the morning of Aug. 17 to a call about a man in distress in the 2300 block of Livingston Avenue, Lorain police Lt. Michael Failing said.

Police learned that the man, Pettry, was wanted by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office on a breaking and entering warrant. The officers took him to a spot where they intended to hand him over to sheriff’s deputies, Failing said.

Pettry fought with both officers and the deputy before he hopped into a Lorain cruiser and sped away, Failing said.

Lorain police contacted State Highway Patrol about 11:50 a.m. to help in the pursuit that spanned two counties, Lieutenant Robert Sellers said.

Pettry drove west across Lorain County on State Route 113 through Birmingham and Milan, and north on U.S. 250 and State Route 13 toward Huron, where he ultimately crashed, police said.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said police in Milan set up spike strips on State Route 113, but Pettry was able to successfully avoid them. Huron police also put spikes along State Route 13 which pierced one of the cruiser’s tires, sending Pettry into a ditch near the Thunderbird Golf Course.

Pettry was brought to Mercy Hospital with a laceration on his head, Sigsworth said. Both Lorain officers were also transported to Mercy Hospital for minor injuries, according to Failing.

Pettry is in custody at the Lorain County Jail on $75,000 bond. 

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