COLUMBIANA - Charges are pending for a man who led city police on a high speed chase through town and then abandoned the vehicle he was driving in a field outside of the city on Tuesday.
According to the police report, officer Matthew Jones attempted to stop an older black Chevy truck in the area of Fairfield Avenue around 5 p.m. after seeing that it was bearing expired license plates belonging on a red Chevy four-door car, and did not have the required county identification sticker.
The truck came to a stop at Fairfield Avenue just south of Duquesne Street and as Jones approached the vehicle on foot the driver pulled the vehicle forward and drove away. Jones ran back to his cruiser and pursued the truck southbound on Fairfield Avenue reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, according to the report.
The chase continued to Metz Road and at Columbiana Waterford Road the truck didn't stop for the posted stop sign and turned right onto Columbiana Waterford Road and accelerated.
The vehicle, reaching speeds up to 75 miles per hour, also ran through the red light at state Route 7 and continued southbound on that road until turning right onto Crestview Road.
The truck then went off road and continued through several fields. Officers searching the area on foot found it struck in wet turf not far from Short Road in Fairfield Township. The driver and his two passengers were nowhere in sight, however.
The county sheriff's office was notified and assisted with the investigation and AAA towed the vehicle from the field. The owner of the 1989 Chevy truck was found to be Peggy S. Dickson, Morris Road, Lisbon.
Police have a suspect in mind although no one has been taken in custody at this point, Police Chief Tim Gladis said.