GLASGOW -A local man was arrested after leading state troopers on a Thursday night chase that began at the Mahoning County border and ended near his home in Madison Township.
Lucas J. Hall, 34, Alderlick Road, was charged with burglary after he was found in his father-in-law's locked home, which is located in the same vicinity on McCormick Run Road.
The chase began after 9 p.m. near the border between Mahoning and Columbiana counties, when a trooper from the Canfield post of the Ohio Highway Patrol reportedly tried to stop a speeding motorist who was driving south on state Route 11. The driver is believed to be Hall.
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Troopers from the Canfield and Lisbon posts of the State Highway Patrol inventory the contents of a Dodge Caravan Sport which was involved in a chase that began on state Route 11, when Trooper Michael Vitullo tried to pull the vehicle over for a speeding violation just north of the Mahoning-Columbiana county line, and ended on Aderlick Road in Madison Township. After the van was abandoned, the driver, believed to be Lucas J. Hall, fled on foot and was thought to be heading across a field to this father-in-law’s house on McCormick Run Road. Hall was eventually taken into custody at that house. Troopers were also assisted in the search for Hall by Officer Chris Albert and his K-9 Hero.
The chase continued into Columbiana County, with the vehicle getting off at the West Point exit and continuing south onto state Route 45 before turning onto Glasgow Road, which leads to Alderlick and McCormick Run roads.
The patrol declined to issue much in the way of details until the trooper completes his report, but Allen Haueter, chief deputy of the county sheriff's office, said Lucas abandoned his vehicle at some point after turning off of Route 45 and apparently continued on foot to his father-in-law's home.
The sheriff's office was asked by the highway patrol at 9:40 p.m. to assist in the search, and deputies went to the McCormick Run Road home but no one answered the door.
Deputies were then called to Hall's home on Alderlick Road, where they spoke with the father-in-law, William A. Leach, who said Hall had called the home several times from Leach's residence. He knew this because the phone had caller ID. Leach said his house was locked and Hall did not have his permission to be there.
Investigators returned to Leach's house but were still unable to reach anyone inside. At 1:24 a.m., an unarmed Hall finally came to rear door but refused to come out and went back inside. This occurred several more times before he surrendered at 1:42 a.m.
Meanwhile, the sheriff's office called out its special response team after the highway patrol reported Hall may be armed because troopers found an empty holster in his vehicle. Haueter said Hall surrendered before the SRT arrived.
Upon further investigation, deputies found a rear window had been knocked from its track at the Leach residence, but nothing appeared to be missing.
Haueter said the highway patrol found a small amount of marijuana in Hall's possession.