Police chase through 3 cities ends after suspect's truck breaks down

AKRON, Ohio - Two people are under arrest after a police chase that spanned three cities Monday. 

The chase started around 11:15 a.m. after police spotted the men with active warrants. Police said the men are also suspects in a stolen gun case.

When police tried to pull over the suspects, they took off, leading officers on a chase into Akron, through Tallmadge, into Brimfield and then back into Akron. 

But along Newton Street, the engine died.

The two suspects jumped out and ran. They were caught about two blocks away.

Police said that the chase reached speeds of 80 mph on the highway and that the driver of the truck went through several red lights and stop signs during the pursuit. 

In all, the chase lasted 16 minutes. 

At one point, dash camera captured the pickup truck cross the center line and hit a Brimfield Township cruiser, causing damage to the mirror. 

Police said  it's fortunate that no one was hurt. Witnesses were both relieved and amused that the truck broke down. 

"I think it's hilarious," said James Belknap. "That's the best part of the story in my opinion. I think it's pretty funny. I thought it was really funny they tried to run for it. They were surrounded by cop cars. There was 12 of them at one point, so that was pretty great."

Police found a gun in the truck but have not said whether it's the same weapon in the stolen gun investigation. Officers were also seen removing power tools from the truck.

On Monday afternoon, Akron police identified the driver as 49-year-old Gerald Farhat. The passenger was identified as 28-year-old Scott Bailey.

Both men face multiple charges, including carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property.

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