Driver eludes police after Thursday pursuit

Law enforcement is looking for a driver who led officers on a chase in stolen pickup truck.

On Thursday at 12:46 a.m., a Bowling Green police officer observed a license plate hit on the automatic license plate reader cameras for a stolen vehicle heading northbound on South Main Street near U.S. 6.

The vehicle was showing as a white 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck with Michigan license plate While heading southbound, the officer saw a white pickup truck make a U-turn at South Main and Gypsy Lane Road, according to the Bowling Green Police Division report.

The pickup continued southbound and the officer caught up with it as it pulled into the Walmart entrance.

The vehicle continued in the Walmart parking lot then entered the Taco Bell parking lot and drove around the drive-thru area.

The truck exited onto South Main and the officer activated the overhead emergency lights near Colony Lane.

The driver then fled, heading westbound on Route 6, traveling over 90 mph in wet conditions, according to the report.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Highway State Patrol were advised of the pursuit. A deputy was going to attempt to spike the vehicle at Ohio 235.

The BGPD officer in pursuit reported seeing a WCSO deputy with emergency lights on approaching Route 235 and then saw the truck brake hard after crossing the railroad tracks on Route 6, according to the report.

The vehicle pulled into a residence on the south side of the highway, west of the railroad tracks. The BGPD officer arrived approximately 10 seconds later and took position behind the cruiser with a rifle pointed at the vehicle.

As more deputies arrived, law enforcement approached the vehicle but did not observe anyone inside.

Hospital discharge paperwork was found inside once it was unlocked. The name of the paperwork, which was dated Wednesday, had two active warrants, according to the report.

That name has not been released.

Two drones were deployed but had no success in locating anyone. Two BGPD officers, three state troopers and a WCSO deputy began a methodical search on the surrounding properties for the suspect but were unable to locate the driver.