Man in custody after crashing stolen car in police chase

MERCER COUNTY — A 37-year-old man is in custody after he threatened a Good Samaritan at a crash scene, stole their car and crashed it following a police chase according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

Lucas J. Jackson, of Toledo, had to be extricated from the car and is being treated at Mercer Health.

Around 10:05 a.m. Friday, an injury crash involving two vehicles was reported on Hoenie Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

Jackson was reportedly speeding when he hit the back of a 2001 Honda, driven by a man from Celina.

When a Good Samaritan driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am stopped to help, Jackson threatened the driver with a screwdriver, according to the sheriff’s office.

Jackson reportedly stole the Grand Am and drove off.

While heading to the scene to help deputies, Rockford Police Chief May saw the Grand Am on Ohio 707.

May chased the Grand Am until Jackson lost control of the car and crashed into a field near Erastus Durbin Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Grand Am rolled onto its top, trapping Jackson.

The Rockford Squad transported Jackson to Mercer Health, where is being treated under the guard of deputies.

The chase reached 70 mph, according to the sheriff’s office.

The driver of the Honda from the Hoenie Road crash was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No charges have been filed yet, but the prosecutor’s office is reviewing the case, according to the sheriff’s office.

The incidents remain under investigation.

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