High-speed chase ends in Bucyrus

By Kimberly Gasuras - kgasuras@civitasmedia.com

BUCYRUS — Residents in the Poplar, Spring, South Sandusky and Walnut street areas were on high alert Monday morning as law enforcement, including a plane, searched the area for one of two men involved in a high speed chase.

The chase began about 8:20 a.m. in Nevada and was initiated by a deputy from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office when he recognized the driver as Eric Simmons who was wanted on a felony warrant.

With speeds reaching over 100 miles per hour, the pursuit continued on Nevada-Wynford Road. When the suspects’ vehicle reached the intersection at Lincoln Highway near Wynford School, Simmons slowed the vehicle down enough to allow his passenger, Charles J. Collier, to jump out. Collier was also wanted on a felony warrant and was immediately arrested and taken to the Wyandot County Jail.

Simmons continued to flee from law enforcement, which included several Wyandot and Crawford County deputies, troopers from the Bucyrus post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Bucyrus police, and eventually, a search plane.

Simmons made his way into Bucyrus via Holmes Center Road, Spore-Brandywine Road and Ohio 19, which then turns into Tiffin Street.

Simmons attempted to drive through a back yard of a residence off of South Walnut Street, crashing into a deck at the home. Simmons then fled on foot.

During the pursuit, residents who live in the area were told to stay indoors while officers searched dumpsters, play houses and garages for Simmons, who was finally apprehended in the parking lot of A-1 Printing, 825 S. Sandusky Ave., about 9:07 a.m.

Simmons was also arrested by Wyandot County Sheriff Deputies and taken to jail in Upper Sandusky.

No injuries were reported from the pursuit.

By Kimberly Gasuras


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