DUI stop turns into high speed chase through Vermilion

VERMILION A 28-year-old Vermilion man chalked up his third arrest for driving while intoxicated afte
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

VERMILION

A 28-year-old Vermilion man chalked up his third arrest for driving while intoxicated after a police chase Sunday night in Vermilion.

John McKee stopped his 1980 Mustang on Ohio Street after patrolman Scott Holmes signaled him to pull over.

McKee opened his car door and turned back to look at the officer, but then sped away heading south on Ohio 60, according to the police report.

Holmes pursued McKee at speeds reaching 50 miles per hour with additional Vermilion officers joining the chase, the report said.

Police established a rolling roadblock by surrounding McKee's Mustang with police cars, and McKee stopped the car.

After stopping, however, McKee drove way again, veered off the road and trying to escape the roadblock through a yard on the 15000 block of Mason Road, the report said.

Officers prevented McKee from reentering the road, but not before he drove his car into the passenger side of a Vermilion police cruiser, the report said.

Damage to the cruiser was minor, and the patrolman was uninjured, a Vermilion police dispatcher said Monday.

McKee resisted arrest, scuffling with an officer before being taken to the ground, the report said.

He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (third offense), driving under suspension, resisting arrest, fleeing, and felonious assault.