VAN WERT (8-26-20) Timothy Allerton (41) of Berrien Springs, Michigan, is in custody after crashing his car and fleeing the scene in Van Wert (Ohio) County.

Allerton drove his vehicle into a ditch on Bockey Road just before 8 p.m. Tuesday night, then drove away and ditched the vehicle and fled on foot.

At 10:40 p.m. the Van Wert Sheriff’s Office received a 9-11 call advising that a person deputies were looking for had stolen a vehicle from the caller’s residence. That vehicle was found by deputies and again Allerton fled on foot.

The Sheriff’s office called out their K-9 Ellie and she began a search along with help from an air unit from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

K-9 Ellie would find Allerton hiding under a pine tree on the south side of U.S. 30.

Allerton was tanken to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility and will remain in custody until his initial appearance in Van Wert Municipal Court.