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Man arrested after high-speed chase

Annie Zelm • Mar 11, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Wednesday who allegedly drove recklessly and started a high-speed chase from Norwalk into Erie County.

Norwalk police Sgt. Jim Montana tried to stop a driver who swerved through the Walmart parking lot in Norwalk, but the man sped away, fleeing north on U.S. 250.

The man continued on for several minutes at speeds of 60-70 mph, officials said. He was later identified as Michael Ungerer, 36, of the Midtown Manor mobile home park on Milan Avenue.

Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said Ungerer turned onto Ohio 13, accelerating rapidly and passing two vehicles while police and deputies chased him.

As they entered Milan, officials called off the search because they were close to a residential area and heavy rains made the pavement slick, Sigsworth said.

Deputies gathered enough information about Ungerer during the pursuit to track him down and arrest him later Wednesday evening. He's in the Erie County jail on charges of fleeing and eluding and driving under suspension, a jail spokeswoman said.

Norwalk police Capt. Eric Hipp said his department also issued a warrant for fleeing and eluding.

Ungerer is scheduled to appear in court this morning for a bond hearing.

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