A Delaware County deputy and a juvenile suspect were injured in police pursuit of a stolen vehicle around 12:23 a.m. Sunday.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) announced Monday that Deputy Lyle Chasse was transported to Riverside Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the suspect vehicle, Delano N. Royster, 17, was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to St. Ann’s Hospital, treated for non-life threatening injuries, and released to his mother.
OSHP Sgt. William Elschlager said that had Royster been 18 or older, he would have likely been held by the police.
The chase originated at a rest area parking lot on Interstate 71 where, during what Elschlager described as a routine license plate check, a trooper discovered a 1998 Plymouth Breeze was registered stolen.
Elschlager said it is standard procedure for the trooper to wait for backup before confronting the driver of a stolen vehicle. When patrol troopers and Delaware County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull the vehicle over, Royster fled and a pursuit ensued.
The chase lasted about three minutes, Elschlager said, before a Delaware County Sheriff cruiser and the suspect vehicle collided on I-71 southbound near Polaris Parkway. Both struck a guardrail on the right side of the highway.
The OSHP stated that a second suspect fled from the Breeze and was not apprehended.
Charges are still pending as the investigation continues, Elschlager said.