Victor Vawter of Findlay, center, was taken into custody Thursday after he hid from police following a chase of a stolen vehicle. A police drone, a Hancock County Sheriff’s Office K-9 and a State Highway Patrol helicopter were used during the search for Vawter. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

Two Findlay men were arrested Thursday after an alleged vehicle theft and a police pursuit.

Findlay police were dispatched originally to Lowe’s on Bright Road on a report of a stolen vehicle at 11:57 a.m.

Police saw the vehicle, driven by Matthew Holman, 41, leaving Menard’s on Flag City Drive. Victor Vawter, 41, was also in the stolen vehicle, police said.

Holman fled east on U.S. 224, police reported. He attempted to turn left onto Marion Township 215, but lost control and drove through fields north of U.S. 224, police said.

The vehicle crossed over Marion Township 246 and eventually stopped in a wooded area behind 17662 U.S. 224.

Holman and Vawter both fled, according to police.

Findlay police officers arrested Holman after a “short foot pursuit.”

A police drone, a Hancock County Sheriff’s Office K-9 and a State Highway Patrol helicopter were used during the search for Vawter.

Vawter was found in a pine tree on Marion Township 248, police said.

He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of exposure injuries, police said. He had been outside for at least an hour.

Holman was wanted on warrants, and allegedly committed a theft at Menard’s before the pursuit, police said.

The men were in custody Thursday night. It was not clear what charges were being filed against them.

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