November 27, 2014

Elyria
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Police: Thief chased through Taco Bell, Burger King lots

ELYRIA — A Lorain man found with a stolen vehicle was arrested after a short chase through the Taco Bell and Burger King parking lots on West Avenue downtown.

At 12:49 a.m. Thursday, police discovered a stolen vehicle, a 1994 Dodge Caravan, on West Avenue and Third Street. A Lorain County sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle as it pulled into Taco Bell’s parking lot, but the driver and passenger fled, according to a sheriff’s report.

The deputy tried to cut off the driver, but the man ran through the parking lot, headed toward Burger King and then back to Taco Bell. The deputy and an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper cornered the man as he hid behind a shed in the area, according to the report.

The suspect, Jason Walker, 22, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, receiving stolen property, failure to comply, possessing criminal tools and driving under suspension.

Police said Walker has a pending case through Lorain County Court of Common Pleas for receiving stolen property for an Oct. 16 arrest. Police said Walker also had 12 license suspensions and was on parole for a 2011 case in which he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, possession of criminal tools and driving under suspension.

Walker told police the vehicle he was driving belonged to his friend, but police said Walker refused to provide any more details about the car.

Police said the Caravan’s key ignition was broken off and a screw driver was found on the floor, which was used to start the car.

The screwdriver was placed into evidence as well as two cell phones that police believed were also stolen.

Walker was incarcerated in Lorain County Jail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Elyria Municipal Court.