PERRYSBURG — A Tennessee man was arrested and is being held in Wood County Justice Center in Bowling Green on several charges after he led law enforcement on a pursuit on Interstate 75 through several counties, including Hancock County, while driving a recreational vehicle.
Larry D. Keith Jr., 38, of Maryville, Tennessee, was eventually stopped in Allen County. He was taken to Lima Memorial Hospital by emergency medical service personnel for evaluation of a medical condition.
Upon his release, he was taken to the Wood County jail, where he was incarcerated on charges of failure to comply and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
About 10:49 p.m. Tuesday, state patrol troopers from the Bowling Green post responded to Interstate 75 after being notified by the Toledo Police Department of a pursuit by officers of a 2000 Hurricane recreational vehicle, which was being driven by a man with an outstanding felony warrant. The Toledo Police Department had terminated its pursuit.
Officers from the Perrysburg Township Police Department located the RV traveling south on the interstate and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver kept going. The chase continued south of Ohio 582, where troopers from the Bowling Green state patrol post took over the pursuit.
The chase covered about 62 miles on I-75 through Wood County, Hancock County and Allen County. The top speed of the pursuit was 80 mph. Tires on the RV, except the left rear tire, were deflated by spike strips set out by troopers from the Lima patrol post.
The driver pulled over near the Ohio 117 exit in Lima. He was taken into custody after a brief standoff.
The patrol was assisted during the pursuit by the Perrysburg Township Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Findlay Police Department, Allen County Sheriff’s Department and Beaverdam Fleet Towing.