One sentenced after leading police on chase

A man who led police on a chase, crashing his vehicle in downtown Tiffin in September was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday.

Brian A. Steward, 32, of Cygnet, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on charges of failure to comply, forgery and receiving stolen property, a spokeswoman from Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom said.

The sentence is to be served consecutively to a 30-month sentence on a conviction of complicity to robbery and consecutively with a four-year sentence reinstatement for a parole violation.

He had pleaded guilty to the charges Tuesday, the spokeswoman said.

Steward was arrested Sept. 16 after leading police on a chase from IGA on East Market Street to the intersection of North Washington and East Perry streets where he crashed his vehicle. Police had tried to stop him and his passenger, Robyn M. Lundy, 31, of Fostoria, after locating them at IGA where Steward had used stolen checks. Steward and Lundy also were suspects from an earlier gas station robbery in Fostoria.

Lundy, who faces one count of robbery, one count of complicity to receiving stolen property and two counts of complicity to forgery, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

She requested a new attorney this week, according to court documents.