July 24, 2016

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High-speed chase on rims leads to arrest

MONTVILLE TWP. — A Sharon Township man was arrested at the close of a high-speed chase after his car crashed off the road early Sunday.

Gary W. Ostrowski, 56, of 5758 State Road, paid 10 percent of a $30,000 bond Monday and was released from the Medina County Jail. He was being held on charges of fleeing, a third-degree felony, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Gary Ostrowski

Lt. Bill Haymaker, of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Medina post, said a trooper reported Ostrowski’s gold Ford F150 swerving in the eastbound lane of state Route 18 in Granger Township at about 2:20 a.m.

“That’s when the chase began,” Haymaker said.

He said Ostrowski turned south onto State Road into Sharon Township, east onto state Route 162 into Summit County and south onto state Route 21.

Norton and Doylestown police joined in the pursuit when Ostrowski headed south onto state Route 585 and entered Wayne County.

Ostrowski headed north on Wadsworth Road and re-entered Medina County, the lieutenant said.

Wadsworth and Norton police deployed spikes to slow Ostrowski down, busting two of his tires.

“The guy started driving on rims at that point,” Haymaker said.

Medina County sheriff’s deputies followed Ostrowski through Wadsworth city and Wadsworth, Guilford and Montville townships to Route 162, where he went off the road and crashed, the lieutenant said.

The chase lasted about a half-hour and reached speeds of 75 to 80 mph, Haymaker said. He said Ostrowski was treated for minor injuries at Medina Hospital and released.

A sample of Ostrowski’s blood was taken at the hospital, but the lieutenant said his blood-alcohol content was not available Tuesday.

If Ostrowski is convicted of fleeing, he could face up to three years in prison.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.