MIAMI COUNTY — A Michigan man led Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers on a four-county, 55-mile-long chase in the early morning hours Sunday.
According to reports, David Nehmer, 27, of Paw Paw, Michigan, was arrested on northbound Interstate 75 mile marker 137 in Allen County near Bluffton.
Nehmer was charged with third-degree felony failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, OVI and fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property.
The pursuit began in Piqua when troopers received a report of a vehicle driving on its rim with sparks coming out from under it near milepost 82 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Nehmer, the lone occupant, was found to have a felony warrant for assault in Michigan. The vehicle he was driving, a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis, was reported stolen from Van Buren County in Michigan.
Troopers reported an empty bottle of vodka was located on the passenger floor board.
According to reports, an officer began to follow Nehmer, who was traveling more than 120 miles per hour in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop. The officer followed Nehmer, who continued to ignore the lights and sirens, into Shelby County, where Sidney Police Department attempted to deploy stop sticks without success.
The pursuit continued at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour as Botkins Police and Wapakoneta Highway Patrol attempted to set up spike strips. Auglaize County Sheriff units also assisted as Nehmer continued into Allen County, driving in the middle of both lanes. Lima Highway Patrol Post also set up spike strips, which Nehmer struck and his vehicle dropped to around 60 miles per hour, and an officer began a rolling road block to get the vehicle to slow down and stop in the grass median.
Nehmer is awaiting arraignment and is currently incarcerated at the Miami County Jail.
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