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Grand jury indicts man accused of stealing cruiser, leading police on multi-county chase

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    Brandon Pettry

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ELYRIA — A Lorain man who allegedly stole a police cruiser and led officers on high-speed chase that spanned two counties was indicted on multiple charges.

Brandon Pettry, 31, was indicted on charges of escape, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, assault, theft, vandalism, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, driving under suspension and willful or wanton disregard of safety on highways by a Lorain County grand jury, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

Last month, Pettry was arrested, got into a fight with officers, and then stole a Lorain police cruiser and drove off, police have said. The pursuit reached speeds higher than 90 mph and law enforcement — including Erie and Lorain County sheriff’s deputies and the Ohio Highway Patrol in addition to Lorain police — continued to pursue the car because it had weapons in it.

The cruiser was chased west on state Route 113 from Lorain County into Erie County and into Milan. From there, the chase continued on U.S. Route 250 and then state Route 13, where spike strips were deployed near Thunderbird Hills Golf Course near state Route 2. The cruiser went airborne and crashed into a ditch, and Pettry was taken into custody, police have said.

Pettry had an outstanding warrant in Lorain County Common Pleas Court for a probation violation related to a breaking-and-entering charge, in addition to a warrant from Cuyahoga County on carrying a concealed weapon. Police met with sheriff’s deputies to hand off Pettry to their custody, which is when he got into the fight with officers and deputies and drove off in the police cruiser.

Pettry was taken by police to a local hospital with minor injuries. Two Lorain police officers were treated at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain for injuries from the fight, but there were no other injuries in the chase.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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