Driver of stolen van caught after chase

Hancock County sheriff’s deputies assisted in catching a 16-year-old Detroit teen who fled from a stolen van he was driving after a chase on Interstate 75.
James Coleman Wiggins tried to escape Tuesday by running across I-75 and jumping a fence along the West Main Cross Street/Ohio 12 exit, the sheriff’s office reported.
Wiggins was caught on Stanford Parkway by sheriff’s Deputy Rodney Griffin. Wiggins offered no resistance when ordered to stop and was turned over to the State Highway Patrol, the sheriff’s office said.
The state patrol said Wiggins abandoned a 1999 Dodge Caravan after “stop stick” spikes were placed on the interstate during a chase.
Two passengers in the van, also juveniles from Detroit, also fled and were captured by authorities.
All three were being held Wednesday at the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center in Bowling Green. Charges are pending, the state patrol said.
The patrol said the chase began south of Findlay about 10:55 a.m. Tuesday when the northbound Dodge van was seen speeding.
During the chase, the Dodge caused an accident when it ran into the rear of another vehicle, which in turn rear-ended a third vehicle. No injuries were reported in the crash.
The Dodge had been reported stolen in Centerville, the patrol said.
When caught, Wiggins had a “wad of money” including $50, $20, $10 and dollar bills; two cellphones; ear buds; marijuana seeds; and an MP3 player, according to a sheriff’s report.



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