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May 30, 2020

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Vehicle theft and pursuit near Ridgeway

A man in his late teens or early 20s is being sought in relation to a motor vehicle theft and pursuit by deputies occurring at 4 a.m.Sunday. The sheriff’s office received a call about a car being stolen from a residence at 20087 CR 199 near Ridgeway.

The homeowner, who saw the vehicle being driven from his driveway, was able to follow the vehicle and direct responding deputies to his location.  Deputies located the vehicle as it entered Logan County where a low speed pursuit ensued.

At CR 40 the vehicle was driven off the roadway into a field where attempts to stop it were unsuccessful.

The pursuit continued as the vehicle exited from  the field, jumped over CR 40  from south to north continuing  for three-fourths of a mile before coming to rest in a large drainage ditch.

The man fled from the vehicle on foot.  Despite an extensive search, he was not located.

The subject is believed to be white, of slender build and wearing glasses. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt which was pulled over his head at the time.

The stolen vehicle received extensive damage while a sheriff’s vehicle received light damage.

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office was assisted by its K-9 Unit as well as a K-9 from the Bellefontaine Police Department, the Logan County Sheriff's Office, Ohio State Patrol, Ridgeway Fire Department and Osborn's Towing.

Anyone with information regarding this person or event is asked to immediately contact the Hardin County Sheriff's Office at 429-673-1268.