By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
Staff Writer

The Findlay driver who crashed into a golf course pond last week ignored a verbal request to stop driving and sometimes drove on the wrong side of the road as he fled from a State Highway Patrol trooper, dashcam video released by the patrol shows.

The video begins with Trooper Garry Odom pulling into the Pilot on Ohio 613, where he remains for about a minute before following Danny Scarberry Jr., 52, as he leaves the travel center in a Dodge Caliber.

“Pull your vehicle over. Pull your vehicle over,” Odom announced as Scarberry exited the parking lot and turned right onto Ohio 613.

Scarberry crossed over Interstate 75 and sped through Van Buren on Ohio 613/Market Street, passing other vehicles and driving on the wrong side of the road at times.

He turned left at Allen Township 229, then left again at Ohio 18. The pursuit crossed back over Interstate 75, with Scarberry still passing other vehicles.

At North Baltimore Road, Scarberry turned left, before turning left onto the golf course.

Odom continued driving on North Baltimore Road. “I can still see the subject. He’s traveling through the golf course,” he said.

Odom turned around, driving back up North Baltimore Road toward Ohio 18. He turned right onto Ohio 18 and drove east past Maplewood Cemetery before turning around and going back to North Baltimore Road, where he encountered a man on a golf cart motioning toward the golf course.

Following him, Odom said, “The owner of the golf course is escorting me down where the subject’s at.”

Odom stopped near the pond by the eighth hole, where the Dodge Caliber was partially submerged. It would later sink almost completely underwater.

The trooper relayed to dispatch that the car was in the pond, and added, “He’s nowhere. Go ahead and send me a wrecker.”

Scarberry was found and arrested on the golf course.

He was indicted Tuesday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court for failure to comply with an order or signal from a police officer, a third-degree felony.

Odom’s initial incident report, which the patrol also released in response to The Courier’s records request, states that he was trying to pull Scarberry over after being “advised of a subject with a felony warrant.”

Scarberry was indicted in July for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, for his alleged involvement in an October 2015 robbery at Keith’s Dugout in Findlay.

Findlay police said at the time that two men, one with a handgun and one with a hatchet, demanded and received cash at the restaurant.

The other suspect, Deven J. Tackett, 26, of Findlay, was indicted on the same charge in October, and pleaded guilty in June to an amended charge of robbery, a third-degree felony. Tackett is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 11.

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