What started as some uninvited guests crashing a graduation party quickly escalated into a fight and then a car chase.
The end result: Local law enforcers chased down four of five suspects causing a ruckus late Saturday night.
The chaos began at around 11 p.m., when several police officers from both Perkins and Sandusky swarmed the 2700 block of Campbell St. by the Firelands Association of Realtors building to break up a fight at a graduation party.
Officers first arrived on scene after receiving reports of anywhere from 15 to 20 people fighting and screaming. They also believed at least two people could be wielding guns.
Upon one officer arriving on scene, he noticed a car trying to leave the area, the likely culprits of this tumultuous saga.
The officer carefully positioned his cruiser to try and block this vehicle from backing out. The officer, at gunpoint, then demanded all five of the vehicle’s occupants to exit.
The driver, however, ignored these commands and started driving north on Campbell Street.
Two police cars, one each from Sandusky and Perkins, began tailing this car in their cruisers.
As this occurred, the car drove into an intersection at Campbell Street and West Perkins Avenue jam-packed with vehicles.
As the driver stopped, with police quickly catching up, three of the vehicle’s five occupants left and began running away.
Police ended up catching two of the three runaways and charging four people in total:
• Charles C. Hathorn Jr., 20, 1300 block E. Larchmont Drive, two-count disorderly conduct to fight or threaten others, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, failure to comply with orders, marijuana possession and underage consumption.
• Shakill Fenderson, 20, 500 block Camp St., riot to commit misdemeanor, disorderly conduct to fight or threaten others, obstructing official business and underage consumption.
• Boy, 15, 1800 block Remington Ave., obstructing official business and underage consumption.
• Boy, 17, 1000 block Carr St., two-count disorderly conduct to fight or threaten others, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, failure to comply with orders, marijuana possession and underage consumption.
One person remains on the loose.
“This is not an everyday occurrence,” Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said. “We’re thankful for that, but it was interesting.”
Officers urge anyone, including those wishing to remain anonymous, to provide any information about this situation. You can call Perkins police at 419-627-0824.