POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Two suspects are in custody after a stolen car chase from Austintown to Poland Thursday morning ended in a foot pursuit.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the incident began with a police chase in Austintown at 2:15 a.m. as officers pursued a stolen car.
A trooper out on the night shift saw a car speed by him on Meridian Road. Then, he heard sirens and saw Austintown Police following close behind.
“He recognized the vehicle from talking to other officers,” said OSP Sgt. Jason Bonar.
That trooper hopped on the pursuit and took over when the car crossed into Boardman. From there, they raced up Tippacanoe to Western Reserve Road.
Highway Patrol said the driver lost control of the car, which went into a field by a convenience store at the corner of Route 170 and Western Reserve Road in Poland.
At that point, both suspects in the car ran from police. One of them was immediately caught, but the juvenile was not.
A cornfield is next to the convenient store, so police called in a K9 to help them search.
The second suspect was found near the Backyard Bar and Grille and the search scene was cleared about 6:30 a.m.
Investigators found two stolen vehicles as a result of the chase and arrests. What they found inside proved that this chase had implications in several townships.
“There were stolen items found in the vehicles that led us to believe that both occurred in Austintown, Boardman, Poland,” Bonar said. “So all of us working together collectively can help the victims involved for all of the incidents.”
Police have not released the names of the suspects or other details of the crime. More information is expected to be released later Thursday.
The investigation is ongoing.