A Lorain man hellbent on self-destruction led police on a high-speed chase through Erie County late Thursday, authorities said.
Austyn Keaton, 22, was arrested at gunpoint after he stopped at the Speedway gas station on U.S. 250 to fill up his car.
He remains in the Erie County jail on charges of resisting arrest and fleeing law enforcement officers.
The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, asking area law enforcement to keep a lookout for a 1997 Pontiac sedan driven by Keaton, who had threatened to commit suicide by cop, according to the Highway Patrol.
Authorities pinged his phone, tracing the location to Joppa Road. Just before midnight, a Highway Patrol trooper spotted the vehicle headed west on Ohio 2, just west of Huron.
The trooper immediately gave chase, with Keaton’s vehicle reaching speeds of up to 120 mph, troopers said.
Near Ohio 101, Keaton got his car turned around and got in the eastbound lanes of Ohio 2, heading east. Perkins police and Erie County deputies joined in the efforts, with a Perkins police officer setting up spike strips to pop the car’s tires, an Erie County deputy’s report said.
Keaton managed to avoid the spike strips. About 10 minutes after the chase began, the vehicle got off at the U.S. 250 exit and pulled into the Speedway gas station, the report said.
While one trooper ordered Keaton out of the car at gunpoint, another trooper used his Taser to zap Keaton. He was then arrested after a brief struggle.
“I assisted Keaton up to his feet and asked him why he had turned into Speedway,” the deputy’s report said. “He stated he needed gas.”
Keaton was taken to the hospital to have the Taser barbs removed from his body, then he was taken to the county jail. The entire chase spanned about 17 miles.