ROCKFORD – On Friday, July 12, 2019, around 9:53 p.m. Rockford Patrolman Charles Howe ran a Ohio license plate with expired tags. Patrolman Howe activated his emergency lights and attempted to pull over a Black 2004 Pontiac Grand Am in the Village of Rockford, but the vehicle did not stop.

The Pontiac, being driven by a loan male, headed east on U.S. 33 towards Mercer, Ohio. Patrolman Howe continued to follow the Pontiac with lights and sirens activated. The Pontiac then began driving in the opposite lane and forced other drivers off the road. The vehicle then turned on to S.R. 707 and crossed over U.S. 127 east-bound and would not stop.

The pursuit was cancelled after four minutes when speeds reached over 100 mph and the roadways were unmanageable. Several agencies continued to search for the vehicle in the area. A home owner reported seeing a vehicle in a field and not coming out.

Mercer County Sheriff Deputies located the 2004 Pontiac in a dense woods almost a mile from roadway. Several pieces of identification were located in the vehicle and the incident remains under investigation.

The Rockford Police would like to thank the Mercer and Auglaize County Sheriff Office, Celina Police Department and Ohio Highway Patrol for there assistance.