Man leads police on chase

FOSTORIA – A Findlay man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he led Fostoria police on a high-speed vehicle pursuit.

Randall Rice, 48, of Findlay, was apprehended in the 15000 block of West SR 12 after he fled from an officer trying to initiate a traffic stop, Capt. Patrick Brooks of the Fostoria Police Department said.

Brooks said the officer had been acting on a tip from a Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit officer who knew Rice did not have a valid driver’s license.

Brooks said the pursuit, which started in the area of Findlay and Lytle streets, lasted less than 10 minutes. Speeds reached nearly 100 miles per hours, he said.

Brooks said deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the State Highway Patrol assisted in blocking roadways toward the outskirts of Findlay, which was believed to have contributed to Rice’s decision to pull over his vehicle. Rice, who then attempted to flee, was quickly apprehended, Brooks said.

Brooks said during the pursuit, Rice also threw objects out of the vehicle.

“One of the pursuing officers broke off and was able to collect items he threw,” he said.

Brooks said the items were field tested and were found to contain cocaine.

According to Fostoria Municipal Court documents, Rice faces charges of fleeing and eluding, tampering with evidence, possession of cocaine, disregarding safety, failure to reinstate, driving under suspension, speeding and a seat belt violation.

Rice, whose bond has been set at $125,000, is scheduled to appear in Fostoria Municipal Court via video today.