By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Aug. 27, 2020
A 23-year-old Toledo man is facing felony charges after he fled from Huron Township police, resulting in a crash and police recovering a loaded handgun from the scene.
On Aug. 25 at 3:18 p.m., an officer assigned to the police department’s Traffic Services Unit attempted to pull over Calvin Marlowe Ware as he was headed north on I-275 near Sibley Road.
Police said Ware was going 85 mph in a 70 mph zone.
The vehicle, with three people inside, did not stop after police activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens.
Police dash cam footage released by Huron Township Police shows what happened next.
The vehicle headed eastbound on Sibley Road and then southbound on Wahrman Road.
The driver opened the door of the vehicle in what appeared to be an initial attempt to flee on foot.
The driver then turned around in the front yard of a house on Wahrman Road before again heading southbound on Wahrman.
A few moments later, the driver crashed into a tree near a ditch.
During the crash, the driver was ejected from the vehicle into a ditch, and then fled the scene northbound on foot.
The responding officer immediately took the two other people into custody.
Multiple Huron Township marked and unmarked units responded and setup a perimeter in the area with assistance from the Metroparks Police Department.
The perimeter was held for several hours while the search for the driver continued.
The Huron Township Police Department K9 Unit responded and initiated a search within five minutes following the vehicle crash.
While the K9 was tracking the suspect, it also located narcotics near the location where the suspect entered a wooded area.
During the search, police used a drone equipped with infrared night and day vision cameras. The infrared cameras can detect heat signatures within the wooded area.
At 6:05 p.m., a resident on the southern end of Wahrman Road observed the suspect exit the wooded area on his property.
The resident contacted 911 and officers who were still maintaining a perimeter took the suspect into custody without incident.
Evidence technicians located a loaded handgun in the ditch near the driver’s side door where the suspect was thrown from the vehicle.
The handgun was listed as stolen out of Perrysburg, Ohio.
Ware is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and fleeing from police, both five-year felonies.
He is also charged with misdemeanor driving with a revoked license and habitual offender charges.
“A passenger within the vehicle advised us during the investigation that immediately upon the officer attempting to stop the vehicle, the suspect was observed to pull the handgun from his waistband area. We believe the crash ejected both the suspect, as well as the weapon from the vehicle. I hate to think of the ways this scenario could have played out had that not happened,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “Our staff remained persistent and maintained the perimeter for several hours while continuing to search. I believe this ultimately cornered the suspect, forced him northward and ultimately out of the woods where he was taken into custody.”
Robbins said the department has added several resources over the past few years that assist them during incidents like these.
“As a Public Safety Organization, we have worked extremely hard over the past few years to train our staff to provide crucial services to our community such as K9, Evidence Technician, and Detective services. Within the past few months, we have also established our drone unit. This case certainly shows the importance of our traffic services unit and the need for professional proactive policing methods,” he said.
Robbins said the emergency dispatch center played a crucial role in helping locate the suspect.
“Our Emergency Dispatch Center was without doubt the unsung hero throughout this incident. I say without hesitation that their performance is a key reason that not only this suspect was taken into custody, but more importantly why this incident ended safely for everyone involved. I thank them for their efforts.”
Including the dash cam footage for the public to see was important, he said, because it shows how quickly things can happen during a pursuit.
“I included the dashcam video of the initial pursuit so that our community can see firsthand not only the professional and quick police response, but also as a lesson as to how quickly a situation like this can become dangerous. This began as a routine traffic stop for speed, but as you can see, nothing is ever routine.”