(4-23-21) On April 23, 2021, at approximately 8:17 a.m., Allen County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to the area of Roush Road and Ada Road for a vehicle that was just stolen from a repair shop. The shop owner was following the suspect until deputies were on scene. An Allen County Sheriff’s Office deputy was able to locate the vehicle traveling south bound on I-75 near Harding Highway and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver rapidly accelerated, continuing south bound on I-75 at speeds up to 100 mph, failing to stop for deputies. The pursuit traveled south through Auglaize County and proceeded into Shelby County.
Officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Post 6 and Post 55, Botkins Police Department, Anna Police Department, Sidney Police Department, and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office assisted. Once other agencies were present, Allen County Sheriff’s deputies discontinued the pursuit. A short time later, near mile marker 93, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Ohio State Highway Patrol handled the crash. The driver did not have any injuries.
The driver, James David Hedrick (DOB 07/09/1989) of Ada, Ohio, was transported to the Allen County Jail and charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Comply. He was further served with an outstanding arrest warrant for Theft of a Motor Vehicle. This investigation is still ongoing.