MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A man is in custody after leading police on a chase through the west side of Miami County on Thursday afternoon.
Our partners at the Piqua Daily Call report that deputies with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office were asked to be on the lookout for a white pickup truck that had fled from Montgomery County.
They were also told that the man owned a weapon, but it was not known if he had it with him. Family members believed the man may have been suicidal.
Deputies spotted the vehicle on State Route 48 near Covington. Authorities tried to pull the vehicle over but then the driver took off heading south on State Route 48.
The chase reached speeds between 40 and 50 miles per house and continued to Pleasant Hill, then West Milton.
Troopers with the Piqua post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol eventually joined the chase.
Several stop sticks were laid out at various locations in the area.
The chase made its way back toward Troy.
The driver finally pulled over on State Route 55 just east of Kessler Road, about 20 minutes after the chase began.
He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Upper Valley Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.
A .45 caliber handgun was found in the man’s vehicle.
Upon completion of an evaluation, he will face charges of inducing panic and failure to comply, along with any other traffic-related offenses that may have occurred during the chase.