Police are searching for a male motorist who fled on foot from a pickup truck after hitting a utility pole and driving away from an officer early Saturday morning.
Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said the driver of a 1986 white Chevrolet Silverado was heading south on Milan Avenue when he attempted to turn right onto Franklin Street about 3:45 a.m. The driver lost control and left the road, hitting a nearby pole.
"Unit No. 1 then fled when I attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver drove a short distance with my marked unit in pursuit, then stopped the vehicle and fled on foot," Fulton wrote.
The detective attempted to stop the truck on Franklin Street east of Lee Avenue.
"The driver drove the truck into the apartment complex at 28 Lee Ave., through the parking lot and into the lawn behind one of the apartment buildings and abruptly stopped. The driver and a passenger fled on foot," Fulton wrote in a second report.
Police along with Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Shupp searched the area, but weren't able to find the suspects. Shupp was involved in the searches on East League Street and near the intersection of Marshall and Franklin streets.
The driver is a white male, between 5 feet 8 inches and 10 inches tall, about 145 to 160 pounds with short, light brown hair. He was wearing a white, long-sleeved T-shirt and jeans.
Fulton found two mufflers and attached pipes in the truck bed, along with a vehicle battery and jack. In the cab, there was a catalytic converter, which the detective seized as evidence.
The truck, owned by an East Main Street woman, had a small amount of damage to the front. Police had the vehicle towed.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Norwalk Police Department at (419)663-6780.