Police were trying to figure out who stole a truck and ran away from police during a traffic stop on Monday morning.
Gahanna police said they tried to pull over a driver of a pick-up truck early Monday morning for a broken headlight, 10TV’s Chuck Strickler reported.
Police said that the driver sped up to about 90 miles per hour and led police on a chase lasting a few minutes. The driver then pulled over, bailed from the pick-up truck and took off on foot.
The driver did not place the pick-up truck in park, and the vehicle rolled across three lanes of traffic, coming to a rest in the median.
Investigators said they believed another person may have been inside the pick-up.
Dash camera video showed another car slowing down and stopping and a person then running across the highway. Moments later, both vehicles drove away.
“It starts as a simple violation of a headlight and turns into a pursuit,” Gahanna police Chief Deputy Ken Bell said. “Everything else is speculation as to what happened and how it happened.”
Scott Held said that he woke up to police pounding on his door.
“It was quite a shock – waking up to officers at 4 a.m. in the morning,” Held said.
Held said it was his pick-up truck that was stolen and used in the chase.
“First thing, why would they take my truck?” Held said. “It’s an old 1997 pick-up truck with a lot of damage to it.”
Held said that he had to ask his boss to give him a ride to work on Monday.
“I still don’t know how I’m getting home – I’ll have to talk someone into giving me a ride,” Held said.
Anyone with information about the truck, which is a 1997 dark green GMC Sierra with Ohio license plate No. EQK-8708, should call Gahanna police.
Held said that he hoped his pick-up truck would come back to him in one piece.
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