The Ohio Highway Patrol had to come to the aid of Elyria PD after three Elyrian cruisers broke down during the pursuit of a suspect.
According to Fox19 News, The chase began as a stolen vehicle call at a nearby shopping plaza. When officers approached the 2005 Dodge Neon, the suspect sped away, leading the officers on a chase they just couldn’t finish- three of their cruisers broke down during the chase.
Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely said it was “embarrassing that our agency could not do what needed to be done and we had to turn it over. Absolutely. Thank God we have a good relationship with the Highway Patrol.”
Whitely admits being concerned for the well being of his officers. With the most recently acquired cruisers in his fleet -many of them “hand me downs” from other agencies- reading over 100,000 miles on the odometer, they often suffer issues that render them unsafe, such as shaking at speeds above 70 miles per hour.
However, all is not lost- the City of Elryia has proposed a levy that would temporarily increase the city tak by 0.5%, in an effort to assist the beleaguered police department.
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