Police seek ATV driver involved in pursuit

LIBERTY — Police are trying to identify a criminal mischief suspect who fled during a weekend pursuit that began near Anderson Morris Road.

The suspect’s ATV , described as a black side-by-side with a green bumper in a Liberty police report, traveled through a front yard near Pleasant Valley Road and Oriel Rogers Road, and was eventually chased at speeds reaching 60 mph.

The ATV was suspected to be involved in a criminal mischief incident earlier in the day, while an officer was conducting speed enforcement on Anderson Morris Road about 9 a.m Saturday. When police cruisers were positioned near the intersection of Oriel Rogers and Pleasant Valley, the driver proceeded into a driveway, and traveled west toward Oriel Rogers, then re-entered the main road near Shaulis Street, the police report states.

As headlights and sirens were activated, the side-by-side began to slow and stop, before accelerating “at a rapid pace in an oabvious attempt to flee,” while operating on the opposite side of the road, the report continued.

“I proceeded behind the vehicle at a speed of approximately 35 mph to 62 mph in a posted 35 mph zone with an audible siren and overhead pursuit lights,” an officer wrote. “The vehicle continued west on Oriel Rogers before continuing onto Anderson Morris.”

Officers later set up spike strips on the Anderson Morris overpass of state Route 11. The driver turned in front of a cruiser during an attempted police “box-in,” as they traveled in the wrong lane. “The vehicle then turned in front of my patrol car, nearly striking the front bumper and east into a wooded trail near Girard Lake,” the report states.

Officers then terminated the pursuit. The driver is described in the report as a 20-year-old man with a light beard. The passenger is described as a woman with dyed red hair, approximately in her mid 30s. Police further noted that the black and neon green side-by-side also has green suspension parts, green LED lights on the roll cage, and a cooler attached to the back.

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