The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a pursuit this week.

According to Sheriff Steve Cox, a deputy heard a report of attempted assault in Chillicothe, and saw a car matching the suspect’s description on Highway 36. The vehicle appeared to be occupied by three men. That pursuit was intermittently terminated by heavy rain, which hindered the officer’s vision. The car eventually got away several miles north of Wheeling.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Chillicothe Police Department are continuing the investigation in the report of an attempted kidnapping.

Press Release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office

We recently assisted the CPD with a report of attempted kidnapping. The on duty deputy first heard the dispatch of attempted assault in Chillicothe and one of the officers advising to look for a small black car with the trunk lid tied down. The deputy soon located the car east bound on U.S. 36 and saw the vehicle was speeding and aggressively driving and endangering others on the roadway. The deputy initiated a pursuit which was terminated near Medicine Creek due to an extremely heavy down pour of rain which drastically hindered the officer’s vision. The Deputy continued at a much slower pace and saw the vehicle had turned north into Wheeling. Avoiding a high speed chase through Wheeling the deputy waited until north of the city limits to reengage in the chase. The deputy could tell the car was occupied by 3 men and was able to obtain at least part of the license plate. The suspect vehicle ended up in a field north several miles north of Wheeling and drove to a gravel road, the car then reached speeds of over 80 mph on the gravel roads and the pursuit was again terminated and a sudden down pour then reached that area. We are continuing on this investigation with the CPD as this was believed to have been tied in with their emergency call. We have collected additional evidence from citizens and/or other motorists in that area.