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Off-duty cop spots work-release inmate test-driving bike

Cary Ashby • Jun 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Apparently test-driving a motorcycle sounded better than a day at work.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office investigated an incident this weekend when a jail inmate who was on work release was seen riding a motorcycle in the Monroeville area.

Todd A. Ryan, 49, of 22 Fulton St., Monroeville, "didn't go to his job" Saturday, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

"He admitted not going to his job. Instead, he was out test-driving his motorcycle," Patrick added.

Just after 1 p.m., a Huron County Jail corrections officer received information from an off-duty Monroeville police officer who saw Ryan "riding a motorcycle on (Ohio) 99," according to a deputy's report.

A deputy began looking for Ryan.

"He came back on his own. He was back here (in the jail) when the officer came back on station," said Sgt. Larry Coleman, a jail supervisor.

Ryan, who started on the work release program May 25, was booked back into the jail Saturday, according to jail records. Patrick said the man had been given a 29-day sentence for a menacing-by-stalking conviction and was supposed to be released from custody Sunday.

On May 6, Ryan pleaded "no contest" and was found guilty of the first-degree misdemeanor in Norwalk Municipal Court. The Norwalk Police Department investigated the Nov. 1 incident.

As part of his five years of probation, Ryan is prohibited from being on the victim's Executive Drive premises. The defendant also must show proof of six months of mental health counseling by Feb. 6, 2014, according to court records.

Saturday's incident remains under investigation. Patrick said deputies will forward a report to the Norwalk Law Director's Office for the consideration of charges.

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