Officers were patrolling in an unmarked car on Remington Avenue at 8:45 a.m. Thursday when they spotted a Nissan Altima veer out of its lane, according to a Sandusky police report.
They activated the car’s visor lights and sirens, but the Nissan continued east on Laurel Lane, then sped south on Foxborough Circle, almost striking a parked vehicle.
The driver then allegedly pulled into a parking lot in the 2600 block of Pioneer Trail and stopped. Just as officers arrived and stepped out of the car, the Nissan slammed into reverse and backed out of the lot, the report said.
When officers caught up with it on Fallen Timber Drive, the vehicle was idling in the middle of the roadway and its driver was nowhere in sight, the report said.
Officers set up a perimeter and used their police dog, Justice, in hopes of tracking the suspect, but they were unsuccessful. The passenger was ordered out of the vehicle at gunpoint.
A marijuana cigar was located inside the car near Dwight Ballard, 37, of Toledo, who was charged accordingly, the report said. Ballard said the marijuana was not his, and he insisted he did not know the driver’s identity, saying the man picked him up at a hotel and he knew nothing more.
Two cell phones were also seized from the vehicle. Ballard claimed the phones were his, but he did not know the corresponding phone numbers, the report said.
Officers are working to identify the driver, who will likely face charges of fleeing from police, as well as multiple traffic violations.