By ERIC SCHAADT
LIMA — Two Kentucky residents, allegedly wanted in connection with a vehicle stolen from Hancock County, were arrested Thursday after leading authorities on a pursuit on Interstate 75, authorities reported.
According to the Lima post of the State Highway Patrol, the pursuit started at 12:32 p.m. Thursday on I-75 near Beaverdam after troopers attempted a traffic stop related to a stolen car report, and the motorist failed to comply.
The patrol deployed “Stop Sticks” on the interstate, deflating one of the front tires. Troopers then attempted to slow the speed of the vehicle by positioning a patrol vehicle in front of the suspect’s car. However, the driver allegedly intentionally struck the patrol cruiser and the pursuit continued, according to the patrol.
The vehicle drove over a paved crossover and continued southbound in the northbound lane of the interstate, the patrol post said.
The pursuit continued into Auglaize County where troopers intentionally struck the vehicle with a patrol car, disabling it and ending the pursuit on I-75 north of Wapakoneta.
The patrol reported the driver, Shawn Gregory, 22, of Fisherville, Kentucky, and passenger, Kaylee Herman, 21, of Louisville, Kentucky, were taken into custody and incarcerated at the Allen County Jail.
Charges are expected to be filed at the completion of the investigation, the post reported.
The two were allegedly wanted in connection with a stolen car case in Hancock County, and also are suspects in several thefts involving other vehicles, according to the patrol.
Assisting in the chase were the Allen County and Auglaize County sheriff’s offices, Shawnee Township and Cridersville police departments, and Army’s Towing Service.
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