A driver and passenger involved in a high-speed vehicle pursuit in the Upper Sandusky area early Sunday morning have been charged with felonies in Wyandot County.
Driver Lauren B. Livengood, Stoys, Pa., was served a warrant on an indictment Tuesday afternoon at the Wyandot County Jail for one count of fleeing and eluding, a third-degree felony; one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony.
A passenger, David J. Zimmers, Berlin, Pa., was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with one count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.
The pair, who were arraigned in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court this morning, was arrested after an early morning high-speed chase that led deputies in and around Upper Sandusky at as much as 120 mph. The vehicle allegedly being operated by Livengood was reported stolen early Saturday morning from Somerset County, Pa.
According to a report about the incident, the chase began around 1:50 a.m. Sunday, when a deputy observed a silver car traveling westbound on U.S. 23 at what appeared to be a greater speed than the posted 65 mph speed limit. The vehicle traveled west onto U.S. 30 before being pulled over.
As a deputy approached the stopped vehicle on U.S. 30, the driver took off toward the CH 330 exit ramp and ran through a stop sign at the top of the ramp before driving back onto U.S. 30 westbound. The vehicle then traveled onto U.S. 23 eastbound and exited at the Ohio 199 ramp, driving south into Upper Sandusky. The chase eventually made its way to East Wyandot Avenue and out of town westbound on CH 330. The vehicle struck a spike strip near the intersection of CH 330 and Ohio 231 before it began to lose its driver’s side tire.
The suspects fled on foot down a hill, but a Wyandot County Sheriff’s deputy apprehended them on the hill.
The WCSO, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, the Upper Sandusky Police Department and the Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol all were involved in the chase.
By ALISSA PAOLELLA