OAKWOOD VILLAGE, Ohio (WOIO) - A man suspected of driving under the influence, is behind bars after leading police on not one, but two chases Sunday, said police.
Oakwood police said the man was first spotted driving erratically on Macedonia Road in Macedonia by an off-duty Sagamore Hills police officer.
When he entered Oakwood, police said he refused to pull over and a chase began.
At times, police said, speeds reached 60mph in a 25mph zone.
Sgt. Ken Willner terminated the pursuit for safety.
Detective Ed Thyret was in the cruiser pursuing the suspect.
“We don’t want to put the public and innocent lives in danger because this person made a bad decision,” the Detective said.
15 minutes later the driver ended up back in Oakwood, in front of Detective Thyret’s cruiser.
Thyret said that was a first in his career.
“I have been doing this a long time and I have not seen somebody come back to town from the original police department that chased him the first time,” Detective Thyret said.
Another chase began and this time Thyret said the driver did crash into another car.
That driver was not injured.
The suspect was then taken into custody.
Detective Thyret said police chase protocol was followed in both chases.
“We’re trained to abide by our policies and procedures,” Detective Thyret said, “I had a supervisor working that day and also an off duty supervisor with me and we know when things get dangerous, as we saw in the first pursuit, to go ahead and terminate the pursuit.”
Thyret said the suspect is facing three felony charges and 10 traffic charges.