Suspected shoplifter rams Englewood police chief's vehicle, leads crews on chase

Suspected shoplifter rams into Englewood police chief's vehicle, leads crews on chase (Courtesy: Englewood PD)

ENGLEWOOD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A suspect shoplifter rammed into the Englewood police chief's vehicle Tuesday evening, before leading officers on a chase that ended in Huber Heights.

Englewood Sgt. Mike Lang said the Walmart on Hoke Road reported a person stealing a TV and loaded it into the back of a truck before pulling out of the lot. Englewood dispatchers then used cameras placed around the city to follow the truck to the Meijer gas station on Main Street, which is south of I-70.

Dispatchers continued to track the suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Michael Paul Williams of Springfield, as he went into the store to purchase gas. The Englewood Chief of Police was the closest officer to the gas station, and was just arriving on scene as the suspect went to pull away.

In video captured by the city's camera system, the vehicle can be seen driving backward away from the chief's vehicle and spinning around, heading out of the Meijer parking lot. The truck then comes to a stop at the light just outside of the station with the chief right behind, at which point Sgt. Lang said the suspect 'gunned it', and crashed into the chief's car.

The vehicle then continues to lead crews on a chase of speeds topping over 100 mph, until crews lose him in the area of Brandt Pike. Huber Heights officers who were listening to the chase then picked up the pursuit, ultimately taking Williams into custody. During the pursuit, officials said there were also several collisions with other vehicles due to the erratic driving.

Williams is currently being held on no charge until crews can present charges, but according to Sgt. Lang, he'll be facing charges of failure to comply and felonious assault on a police office from Englewood.

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