Cops recover stolen car involved in hit-skip crash

cashby@norwalkreflector.com PLYMOUTH A red 1994 Pontiac Grand Am stolen from a Plymouth woman was found abandoned about two miles east of the village early Saturday morning.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010
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PLYMOUTH A red 1994 Pontiac Grand Am stolen from a Plymouth woman was found abandoned about two miles east of the village early Saturday morning.

The victim, who lives in the 4200 block of Ohio 61, last reported seeing the car about 10 p.m. Friday, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Jamey Bracken said. The unlocked Pontiac, which had a spare key and registration in it, was parked the rear parking lot of her apartment building.

"The complainant advised that no one had permission to take the car and she has recently paid the vehicle off, so there was no repossession/financial matter involved with the car," Cpl. David Luc wrote in his report.

Within about two hours, troopers with the Norwalk and Mansfield posts of the state Highway Patrol found the vehicle on Plymouth East Road and Townline Road 111 with a broken window and its steering column stripped.

Sgt. Anthony DeChoudens, of the Norwalk post, wrote that the driver is accused of failing to stop at the Plymouth East Road stop sign. The suspect hit a Townline Road 111 ditch, stopped in a field and fled the scene, DeChoudens wrote.

The hit-skip crash happened about 20 minutes before troopers found the abandoned Pontiac.

No suspects have been arrested in the ongoing investigation. Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation are expected to process the car today.

"Dispatchers were calling this morning," Bracken said.