Sycamore man arrested after 30-minute chase

A Sycamore man was arrested Tuesday night after leading law enforcement on a chase that lasted more than 30 minutes.

Sgt. Joseph Feld of the Tiffin Police Department said Michael Perkins, 43, was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and fleeing and eluding after he failed to stop for a traffic stop initiated by Tiffin police at Sandusky and Perry streets at 8:45 p.m.

Feld said police tried to stop Perkins after a motorist behind Perkins’ pickup truck reported its driver was all over the roadway and possibly intoxicated.

After failing to stop within the city limits, Perkins then drove into the county on SR 53, where he turned on and off of county roads and made his way into the Old Fort and Fort Seneca area, Feld said.

“He then headed back into town and eventually stopped on Tyber Road,” he said.

Feld said during the chase, four spike strips were put down by police, Seneca County Sheriff’s deputies and the State Highway Patrol. The strips blew out the truck’s tires, disabling it on Tyber Road at 9:21 p.m.

“The tires were just finally all gone. He was just driving on his rims,” Feld said.

Renee Swartz, a resident of CR 30, said she saw Perkins’ truck and law enforcement go past her house during the chase. Thinking something was wrong with her neighbor, Swartz got into her vehicle and began to follow the police lights.

Swartz said she saw the spike strips on SR 53 and also saw the pickup truck get three flat tires after hitting the strips.

“He went flying past us with the three flat tires,” she said.

Feld said after Perkins’ truck stopped on Tyber Road, Perkins, who was intoxicated, was taken into custody without incident.

Feld said speeds during the chase reached 60 to 65 mph, and luckily, traffic on the roadways was light. He also said Perkins obeyed stop signs during the chase.