AMHERST POLICE: Driver escapes in early morning chase to Sheffield Township

By Jason Hawk -

A high-speed chase early Friday down Rt. 254 left Amherst police empty handed – at least for now.

Officers watched a silver 2005 Nissan Altima make a triple lane-change across Rt. 58 near McDonald’s around 1:41 a.m., according to Lt. Dan Makruski, leading to a traffic stop on Cooper Foster Park Road.

When Ptl. Sanders Sanchez approached the rear passenger side of the car, the driver slammed into gear and took off. Two Amherst police cars followed.

The pursuit went east roughly 5.5 miles into Sheffield Township at speeds well over the posted limit. The whole thing unfolded in two minutes, said Makruski.

“When the officers realized the speed compared to the safety of the bordering public, they decided to terminate (the chase) themselves,” he said.

There was not much traffic on the road but officers still felt it would be dangerous to continue the pursuit.

They also got a good look at the driver, who has an active warrant through another jurisdiction, according to Makruski.

A warrant for more charges connected to the charges was requested in Oberlin Municipal Court. The investigation is ongoing.

Police are not releasing identifying information on the suspect or photos or video from the chase at this time.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk