December 22, 2014

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Driver arrested after pursuit through Sheffield, Lorain, Elyria

Duffy

Duffy

SHEFFIELD – A man who led police on a car chase early Tuesday drove through two cities and one town before bailing out of the car in a residential area of Lorain.

Ziaire Duffy was charged with reckless driving, fleeing, speed, and reckless operation around 7 a.m. near the intersection of Marshall Avenue and Meister Road in Lorain. He was also charged with an outstanding warrant for driving with a suspended license in Westlake.

The chase began around 6:45 a.m. when Sheffield police officers saw Duffy driving 65 mph westbound on East 31st Street – a 35 mph zone. Officers turned their car around and Duffy “took off,” according to Sheffield Police Chief Larry Bliss.

Officers chased Duffy down State Route 57, through Elyria and then through north and south Lorain before he bailed out of the car around the intersection of Marshall Avenue and Meister Road and ran a short distance before he was caught by police, Bliss said.

Sheffield was aided by Elyria and Lorain police departments and by the Ohio State Patrol in the pursuit. They arrested Duffy around 7 a.m., only feet from his car, police said.

Bliss said he’s not sure yet why Duffy tried to evade police but that it could have something to do with his outstanding warrants in Avon and Westlake.

After the arrest, Westlake police came to take Duffy into custody at Westlake City Jail, where he remained on Tuesday afternoon.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.