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Man accused of stealing police cruiser, leading police on wild chase facing several charges

Posted: 3:37 PM, Aug 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-20 19:37:11Z

The man who is accused of stealing a Lorain police cruiser then leading police on a wild chase on Friday faced a judge on Monday.

Brandon Pettry, 30, is charged with five felonies: failure to comply with a police order, grand theft of a motor vehicle and three counts of assault on a police officer.

He also is charged with driving under suspension, resisting arrest and reckless operation.

It all started when officers responded to a person in crisis. Officers came to the man's home and were speaking to him when they discovered he had a warrant out for his arrest.

RELATED Dashcam shows man who stole Lorain cruiser leading police on wild chase

Police brought the man, identified as Brandon Pettry, 30, to a meeting spot to transfer him to deputies. That's when he started fighting with officers. He managed to get into one of the unattended cruisers and took off.

Footage from the dashcam video shows Pettry leading police on a chase through county roads. 

The cruiser weaves in and out of traffic, at some points going through construction cones on the highway. The roads are visibly wet with the cruiser who followed him using his wipers.

Pettry is being held in Lorain County Jail on a $75,000 bond. His next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 29 at 1:05 p.m.