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Report: Snowmobile driver flees from cop

Cary Ashby • Feb 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

A Monroeville man who fled from a police officer's cruiser as fast as 50 mph on a snowmobile said "he was stupid for running."

Monroeville Police Sgt. Frank Gleason and Officer Wallace Johnson reported hearing the snowmobile being driven near the village business district about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Gleason left the station and said he saw it "accelerate across (U.S.) 20 so fast that the front skis of the vehicle lifted off of the pavement and the vehicle sped eastbound on Hollister Street."

The officer then got into his cruiser and drove east on Milan Avenue. He said he saw the snowmobile, driven by Raymond T. Thurston, 24, of 3590 Everingin Road, Monroeville, traveling east on River Road, "cross the bridge at a high rate of speed" before going up a hill into the St. Joseph Cemetery.

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