ELYRIA — An Amherst man is accused of leading a Lorain County sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed pursuit around 11:55 p.m. Tuesday.
Bryce Babics drove up to 70 mph after refusing to stop on Leo Bullocks Industrial Parkway, according to Deputy Bryan Plemons’ report. Plemons said he saw Babics pass him on West Ridge Road and recognized the car as the one he had arrested Babics in Dec. 31.
Babics had a warrant through Lorain police and was driving with a suspended license Dec. 31, according to Plemons.
Plemons wrote that he flashed his cruiser’s overhead lights at a red light on Bullocks, and Babics drove toward Gateway Boulevard at 70 mph. Babics ignored red lights and stop signs while fleeing and drove more than 50 mph as he jumped the tracks and briefly went airborne on Woodford Avenue, according to Plemons.
A driver had to pull over to avoid being hit by Babics on Garden Street, and Babics drove around the block several times on Allen Street, narrowly missing parked cars, Plemons wrote.
Plemons said Babics ran from the car on Melvyn Lane.
Babics was arrested in a home at 743 Infirmary Road by Elyria police officers. Resident Jennifer Salisbury said she had no idea who Babics was after he came in through the back door and said he needed a place to hide.
After first saying someone else was driving, Plemons said Babics admitted he fled and said he is a heroin addict who didn’t want to detoxify in jail. Babics, who Plemons said has five driver’s license suspensions, was arrested and charged with reckless driving, failure to comply and burglary.
Babics, 24, of the 800 block of Elyria Avenue, is due in Elyria Municipal Court today. He was being held on a $15,200 bond Wednesday at the Lorain County Jail.