Combative Eastlake man arrested in truck vandalism spree

Combative Eastlake man arrested in truck vandalism spree

WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - A 24-year-old Eastlake man was arrested Saturday for felony vandalism, possession of criminal tools and possession of harmful intoxicants for destroying property at the Willoughby Senior Center.

After receiving numerous 911 calls from motorists concerning a red Ford pick-up driving recklessly eastbound on SR 84 in the area of SR 91, Willoughby Police arrested Ryan Christoph.

The witnesses reported that the Ford had almost struck several vehicles in the area.

The same Ford pick-up was observed traveling recklessly in the Willoughby Senior Center parking lot on Brown Avenue and doing "donuts" on the ball field.

When police arrived they noticed smoke and dusk in the air above the senior center and neighboring houses, but the Ford had left the scene.

The chain link and wooden fences that separate the parking lot and the ball field were also severely damaged from the Ford running over them.

Several witnesses stated the male driver had fallen out of the truck as he was leaving the Browning Senior Center parking lot.

Officers later discovered that the Ford had also struck the northwest corner of the senior center building as it was leaving.

The Ford was later discovered traveling eastbound on Euclid Avenue heading into Downtown Willoughby.

A patrol officer was able to stop the Ford without any further incident on Erie Street.

Christoph became combative with the patrol officers, making threats and attempting to break out of the cruiser while he was being transported back to the Willoughby Police Department.

Christoph was then taken to Lake West Medical Center for complaints of injury to his left leg and his neck from falling out of the truck.

Christoph continued to be combative towards hospital staff while inside the emergency room.

No one else was reported injured from the incident.

The truck was towed back to the WPD Impound Lot as evidence.  A used "Dust-Off" aerosol can was found inside Christoph's truck.

Christoph will be held without bond at the Lake County Jail awaiting an arraignment hearing on Tuesday at the Willoughby Municipal Court.

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