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Troopers halt high-speed chase

Alissa Widman Neese • Jun 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

widman@sanduskyregister.com

A Sandusky man with a suspended driver's license led law enforcement on two high-speed chases covering nearly 15 miles through Huron and Perkins townships Saturday afternoon.

Robert Armstrong, 23, of the 2000 block of Rhode St., sped through multiple intersections and likely topped 100 mph before ultimately surrendering on Old Railroad Road at about 2:15 p.m.

Erie County deputy Trevor Harlow first spotted Armstrong at about 2 p.m. while directing traffic at an Osborn MetroPark lacrosse tournament, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

Harlow ordered Armstrong stop the car, aware his license had been suspended for child support violations.

Armstrong refused to stop and sped off, nearly striking Harlow with a black 1999 Oldsmobile Alero, belonging to Armstrong's girlfriend, which he was driving, Sigsworth said.

He then headed east onto Cleveland Road and south onto Camp Road.

A pair of nearby deputies overheard police scanner traffic about the incident and pursued the Alero on Camp Road, according to an Erie County Sheriff's report.

They eventually called off the chase, however, after Armstrong disregarded stop signs at Boos, Bogart and Camp roads. 

"We knew who he was, and the risks involved outweighed the need to stop him at that point," said deputy Johann Matute, one of the two officers following Armstrong. "It was too dangerous."

Soon after, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers spotted Armstrong heading north on U.S. 250, according to the report. They initiated their own pursuit, following Armstrong as he sped west onto Bogart Road and north onto Old Railroad Road.

Armstrong eventually stopped fleeing just north of Strub Road.

Deputies charged Armstrong with failure to comply, reckless operation, assault on a police officer and driving under suspension.

They charged his girlfriend, Rebecca Jones, 21, also of the 2000 block of Rhode St., with wrongful entrustment for letting Armstrong drive her car with a suspended driver's license.

Armstrong's brother, a passenger in the Alero, will not be criminally charged.

While searching the Alero, deputies and troopers found suspected heroin, which they sent to BCI for testing, Matute said.

Armstrong is currently being held in Erie County Jail without bond.

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