MOUNT VERNON — A car chase Sunday evening east of Mount Vernon resulted in five misdemeanor charges being filed against a Gambier man.
Sheriff David Barber reported that about 10:30 p.m. Deputy Scott Baker was parked at Wolf Run Park on Yauger Road when a vehicle entered the lot, turned around and started to back toward the cruiser. Baker turned on his top light to warn the driver he was there and the car took off east on Yauger Road.
Baker tried to pull him over, but he refused to stop, turning south on Ohio 308, east on New Gambier Road and eventually winding up on Zion Road. The fleeing car was clocked at speeds up to 80 miles per hour on Ohio 308 and ran several stop signs, according to Barber.
Shortly after the car turned onto Zion Road, it ended up in a ditch, where the driver abandoned it and ran through a wheat field.
Other deputies and members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol headed to the scene, but were unable to find the man who fled. The abandoned car was impounded.
On Monday, Troy D. Davidson, 41, of 406 E. Woodside Drive, Gambier, came into the sheriff’s office to report his car stolen. Baker was working and identified Davidson as the driver of the car in the chase and issued five citations, including three for running stop signs, one for fleeing and eluding, and one for possession of marijuana.
He will appear in Mount Vernon Municipal Court. No court date has been scheduled.