By PAM SCHEHL
News Staff Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — A high-speed chase just after midnight on Friday morning led to the arrest of 20-year-old Ryan Harman, who is facing multiple charges as a result of the incident.
“The pursuit only lasted approximately three minutes,” reported Mount Vernon Police Officer Troy Glazier, “but covered 1.8 miles at very high rates and total disregard [on the suspect’s part] for safety.”
According to a report filed by Glazier, he was on duty at the time and received information on a pickup truck reported stolen from White Road in Centerburg.
Minutes later, Glazier saw a truck matching the description traveling on South Sandusky Street and pursued the vehicle.
The suspect vehicle, a red 1990 Ford F350, traveled along several streets in Mount Vernon, running red lights, ignoring stop signs and failing to signal turns, driving recklessly. At one point, the stolen truck clipped the mirror of a car on South Park Street.
Glazier reported the vehicle was moving at 50 mph for much of the pursuit, and accelerated to 60 mph on East Gambier Street.
When the vehicle turned onto Maple Street, it slowed and the driver jumped out of the truck. The driverless truck then struck a power pole and came to a stop.
On foot, Glazier and two other officers chased the suspect, who apparently tripped and fell in the area of the Absolute Love Learning Center and was apprehended.
When asked his name, the suspect said he was Ryan Harman, an individual known to have an outstanding warrant for failure to report to probation from an OVI conviction earlier this month.
Harman was arrested for that warrant and incarcerated in the Knox County Jail. Harman has also been charged with OVI, driving under suspension (12 points), failure to control, seat belt, no tail lights, red light, and failure to signal before changing course.