MOUNT VERNON – The Mount Vernon Police Department arrested four suspects involved in an ongoing investigation Tuesday – but not before the suspects, packed into a silver Toyota Corolla, led two cruisers on a chase that lasted approximately 10 minutes and reached speeds of 80 miles per hour.
Officers attempted to make a traffic stop at the intersection of Yauger Road and Vernonview Drive at 3:20 p.m., MVPD public information officer Det. Matthew Haver said, “after an investigation we were handling at the hospital.” The suspects, however, never stopped.
They proceeded to lead officers out onto Coshocton Avenue, going east, then right onto Upper Gilchrist Road, before hanging another right onto New Gambier Road. They blazed down the 25-mile-per-hour residential street (which is currently graveled in some spots) before turning right onto Edgewood Road and left onto East High Street.
The suspects eventually crashed on Lawn Avenue, which dead-ends into Center Run creek. They crashed the vehicle in a ditch, Haver said, and all four perpetrators proceeded to flee. At that point, the two MVPD cruisers had alerted local law enforcement of the pursuit via radio, and patrolmen from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol were present to help track down the suspects on-foot.
While it’s unclear how far each suspect ran, Haver said none made it far from the crash location. The suspects were arrested and transported to the Knox County Jail.
The investigation to which the suspects are tied is still ongoing, Haver said, so he could not comment on what it entails. He also could not disclose the names of the suspects. Haver did say the police department is expecting criminal charges to be filed.
“As of right now, there’s definitely going to be charges with the fleeing and eluding, and then with our continued investigation right now, there will be charges pending,” Haver said.
The police department is no longer looking for suspects related to the case, having detained the four involved in the chase yesterday, Haver said.
A spokesman from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which handled the crash report Tuesday, said the report would likely not be filed for 7-10 days, as is standard protocol for non-fatal incidents. The Mount Vernon Police Department could not provide a report from the traffic stop as of press time Wednesday.
At one point in Tuesday’s 10-minute chase, Haver said the suspect’s vehicle reached speeds of 80 miles per hour. The chase spanned two stoplights on the city’s busiest thoroughfare, and ended in a quiet, residential neighborhood just two blocks from East Elementary School.
No one was hurt, Haver said. “Thank God.”