April 24, 2014

Elyria
Cloudy
50°F
test

Elyria police pursuit on Friday second county car chase in two days

ELYRIA — Elyria police are releasing few details on a Friday night car chase in which a 47-year-old homeless man driving a stolen vehicle fled from police before bailing out of the vehicle and taking off on foot.
Robert Owens, who police say is homeless, eventually was caught and charged with four counts of felonious assault on a police officer, failure to comply, receiving stolen property, falsification, obstructing official business, drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Owens also had an aggravated robbery warrant from Akron and Cuyahoga Falls police, and a warrant from Painesville police for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  
Stacy Morgan, 40, of Elyria, who was in the vehicle with Owens, was charged with drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both are being held at Elyria City Jail.
Elyria Police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said Saturday he had yet to hear about the incident, so he couldn’t provide any details.
The police report also offered few details on the chase, but radio traffic late Friday indicated that police may have crossed paths with Owens somewhere around state Route 113 and West Ridge Road shortly before 11 p.m.
Owens had been driving a stolen vehicle, though it’s unknown if police were conducting a traffic stop or if Owens had caught their attention some other way before the chase, which reached Lake Avenue and Lowell Street; at some point, Owens struck a guardrail with his vehicle, the police report said.
Elyria Officers Clarence Warfield, Joseph Figula Jr., Gerald Lantz, Nicholas Eichenlaub and Benjamin Miracle were involved in the chase, according to the police report.
In another portion of the car chase, Owens tried to run his vehicle into officers’ cruisers, which is why he was charged multiple counts of felonious assault on a police officer, an Elyria police officer said.  
Near Lake Avenue and Lowell Street, Owens bailed out and tried to flee on foot but was eventually caught, police said.
The Elyria car chase was the second in Lorain County in just days. Ohio Highway Patrol troopers chased a driver in and around Carlisle Township on Thursday night before eventually catching him in a bean field off Whitehead Road, where he’d ditched his car and fled on foot.
The suspect in that incident, Michael Spreng, 44, of Elyria, was charged with DUI, felony fleeing and eluding and other offenses. State troopers say they’ll review the chase to make sure it was handled properly.   
Contact Shawn Foucher at 329-7197 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.