MOUNT VERNON — On Wednesday evening, Kenneth Shira, 36, allegedly led the Mount Vernon City Police on a high speed chase from Mount Vernon to his residence in Fredericktown, with top speeds being between 70 and 80 miles per hour.
MVPD Chief Mike Merrilees said the pursuit started on North Gay Street when a caller reported Shira was driving the car without permission from its owner. One cruiser tried to stop Shira, who accelerated and fled the police. The officer went in direct pursuit of Shira with another cruiser serving as backup.
The chase went from North Gay Street to Mansfield Road to Hyatt Road then into Fredericktown.
Fredericktown Police Chief Jerry Day said one Fredericktown officer assisted when the suspect vehicle reached the village.
Day said Fredericktown, like all police departments, does have a written policy regarding “high speed” pursuits. “Basically,” he said, “we will pursue up to the point where we think we are endangering other people, then we will call it off. We also have to take into consideration how much traffic is involved, road conditions and things like that.”
Merrilees told the News MVPD’s pursuit policy is the same as that of Fredericktown PD.
According to the Mount Vernon police register, Shira has been charged with driving under suspension. Merrilees said other charges are pending.