September 2, 2014

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UPDATED: Elyria police seek suspect who ditched stolen car

ELYRIA – Police are searching for a man who ran off after jumping from a stolen car after being chased by officers Wednesday, police said.

A woman called police at 2 a.m. Monday and said her car was stolen from where it was parked outside of T & A Bar on 801 Foster Ave.

Two days later, around 10 a.m. Wednesday, an officer saw the car pulling out of a parking lot near Midway Mall.

Police tried to stop the car but the driver ignored officers and fled the area southbound on West River Road near State Route 57 with a passenger in the car, according to Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino.

The man drove through Elyria with police in pursuit until he got to Hayes Avenue near Foster Avenue where he jumped from the moving car, according to police.

“He had a disregard for anyone in the area,” Costantino said.

The passenger, who was still in the car, pulled to a stop and stayed at the scene, Costantino said.

The driver of the car immediately ran off, passing through back yards in the area, according to Costantino.

Police set up a perimeter around a few blocks of Hayes Avenue but couldn’t find the driver on Wednesday afternoon.

The investigation is ongoing, and police are questioning the passenger in the car but he has not been charged, according to police.

“The key thing … no one got hurt,” Costantino said.

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

  • Mark B

    Actually they didn’t spot the car on their own , someone called them and told them where it was , and at fist EPD didn’t believe them and thought that it was suspicious , but it turned out that the person who was reporting it was in fact correct , then they started pursuing the stolen vehicle.

  • Willie Jenkins

    2 days later ,and they still are in possession of the stolen vehicle. Just from movies alone one would think the criminal would have ditched it. Maybe taken to an illegal chop shop. In other words what an idiot for driving a stolen car two days later.

    • Lindsay

      2 days later, not only are they STILL driving it in the same small town they stole it from, THEY WERE DRIVING AROUND A VEHICLE THAT WAS STOLEN AND STILL HAD ON THE PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATES IT WAS STOLEN WITH! Who would have thought they’d drive around in Elyria with plates that said the owners name! All while using the credit and debit cards that were in here purse, locked inside her car!

  • Tiffany Michele Laschen

    So r they just gonna let the passenger go or is he cooperating cuz right now he should be charged with obstruction of justice…..

  • topofthemorningeverybody

    how was the keys taken from the car owner? too drunk? was it ‘hot wired’ ? or what..just wondering how someone lost their keys out of their possession. they should have been in a pocket,purse,or better yet..give them to a designated driver.

    • Lindsay

      Her keys were stolen from her coat pocket. She has an keyless entry on her key chain. All it took was someone walking into the parking lot and hitting her unlock button on her key ring to find the car that belonged to the keys they just stole.

      • topofthemorningeverybody

        high technology can suck then