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Elyria police officers chase car reported as stolen, later learn owner was driving

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ELYRIA, Ohio — Elyria police officers on Saturday chased a car that had been reported stolen, but they later learned its registered owner was driving, according to a police report.

An Elyria police officer ran a license plate check that showed the red Ford Focus had been reported stolen out of Lorain. But officers checked the car’s VIN after the chase and learned it was registered to Tarrance A. Scott, who is accused of leading them on the pursuit, a police report says.

Neither police reports nor court records provide any additional information about why the car was reported stolen.

Scott, 31, of Lorain, is charged with obstructing official business, failure to comply with orders and receiving stolen property, along with misdemeanor traffic violations including driving without a license and reckless operation of a vehicle, according to Elyria Municipal Court records.

The chase began about 3:20 p.m. Saturday on the 1800 block of Middle Avenue, a police report says. 

The officer checked the Ford’s license plate through a law enforcement database and learned it had been reported stolen by the Lorain Police Department. He called for backup, and officers tried to stop it on Fuller Road.

The driver did not stop and turned onto Pratt Boulevard. It was traveling about 45 mph when an officer activated his siren, a police report says.

The driver ran a stop sign at Tedman Court at Wood Street, the police report says. Another police officer joined the pursuit, and the driver accelerated to about 60 mph as he ran another stop sign.

The chase reached about 70 mph as it neared the intersection of Middle Avenue at South Maple Street.  The Ford’s driver tried to pass another car on the left as it made a left turn, and the Ford swerved to avoid a crash, the police report says.

The Ford partially went into a ditch on the west side of Middle Avenue before it returned to the roadway, did a 180-degree turn and struck a pole, the police report says. 

Scott got out of the car and ran away after the crash. He ran behind several homes along Middle Avenue before stopping in a backyard, where he got on his stomach with his arms out to his sides, the police report says. 

He was taken into custody at the Lorain County Jail and declined the need for any medical attention.

Police later ran the Ford’s VIN and learned that it was registered to Scott, the police report says. 

Scott’s bond is set at $13,710, court records show. 

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