(8-28-22) On August 28th, 2022 Officers with the Village of Rockford Police attempted to stop a blue van reported by a citizen for running a stop sign. Officers located the vehicle and a check was done on the license plate. The license plates didn’t belong to that vehicle and Officers attempted to stop the vehicle for the violation. The vehicle immediately accelerated and reached 56 mph in a 25 mph zone. The vehicle left the traveled portion of the roadway and continued into residents yards. The pursuit soon left the Village of Rockford on Rockford West Road westbound. Speeds during the pursuit reached over 100 mph and continued to Stover Road from Rockford West Road. The pursuit traveled to Wilson Road and Wabash Road where the vehicle left the roadway and traveled through a bean field and corn field ending in a wooded area. Units from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office , Ohio State Highway Patrol, Celina Police Department and Adams County Indiana Sheriff’s Office all responded to the area. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office “Drone” was requested as well as the Rockford Fire Departments aerial ladder. A perimeter was established and area residents where contacted for safety.

After one hour the subject was located by Ohio Highway State Patrol Troopers at a residents on Grauberger Road without incident. Benjamin H. Polasky ( 39) of Owosso, Michigan was taken to Mercer Health in Coldwater to be medically cleared for jail.

Polasky is being held in the Mercer County Jail on Felony Fleeing and a hold from the U.S. Marshals Service. No other details are available at this time.

Police Chief Paul May would like to thank the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Mercer County Sheriff Dispatch, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Celina Police Department , Adam County Indiana Sheriff Office. Rockford Fire Department, Rockford E.M.S. and the Staff at Mercer Health for assisting in this incident.