ELYRIA – A 43-year old man was arrested this morning in the Red Roof Inn after leading police on a car chase through rush hour traffic.
Police were called at 8:16 a.m. with a report that Terrence Taylor, 43, of Paine Street, Lorain, was following a woman in her car and trying to run her off the road, said Capt. Chris Costantino.
Taylor was driving a blue pickup truck near the Police Department when police began to follow him and a records check revealed he had a contempt of court warrant through the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.
Police tried to pull him over at Lorain Boulevard and Route 57 but Costantino said Taylor rolled down his window slightly, refused to comply with officers, rolled his window back up and took off, going through a red light and into heavy traffic north bound on Route 57.
Costantino said the officer followed Taylor, but did not match his speed, which was in excess of 80 to 90 mph, because of all the traffic in the area at that time, Costantino said.
“Officers shut off their emergency lights and were not involved in actively pursuing him at that point, which was a very good decision,” Constantino said.
Around the area of Midway Boulevard and Route 57, police saw a blue pickup truck sitting on the curb. The vehicle was running with the keys in the ignition but no one was in the truck, Costantino said. There was also damage to the vehicle, leading police to believe Taylor hit the cement median on Route 57 at some point.
A witness told police they saw a man get out of the truck and run into the nearby Red Roof Inn where police found him and took him into custody.
Taylor is charged with failure to comply with the order of a police officer, obstructing official business, driving without a license, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.