Trucker Allegedly Steals Semi and Leads Police on Three-County 100 MPH Chase
Coshocton County, OH – A trucker is in jail after allegedly stealing a semi-truck on Monday and then leading police on a high speed chase that covered parts of three counties in Ohio.
According to the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Stephen Howard Wolfe, 47, stole a semi-truck in Wyandot County before a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) attempted to pull him over after noticing the truck did not have tags.
However, authorities say Wolfe did not stop.
In fact, Wolfe, who OSHP says has warrants issued for his arrest from numerous states, fled at a “high speed.”
CCSO says it was notified at approximately 1:56 p.m. by the Licking County Sheriff’s Office of the pursuit, which at times reached speeds as high as 100 m.p.h.
Officers deployed stop sticks along eastbound SR 16, as well as at “several locations,” which successfully disabled the semi’s front tires.
Even still, Wolfe kept on driving, officials say.
At one point during the cross-county chase, authorities say Wolfe hit a pickup truck, seriously injuring the man inside.
The victim’s identity and current condition are not known at this time.
“Our units continued to monitor him, keep him in sight and pursue him in more rural areas and then as they got into congested areas we would back off. Our aviation section stayed with the pursuit the entire time,” OSHP LT. Matt Boyd said of the pursuit.
The chase, which officials say covered close to 100 miles, eventually ended in a residential neighborhood in Coshocton County.
CCSO says Wolfe fled on foot and officers found him approximately an hour later at 2:53 p.m. inside of a private residence.
Investigators say Wolfe was intent on getting to family.
It’s unclear if he was with family inside the residence at the time of his arrest.
Wolfe is currently in Coshocton County Justice Center pending the filing of charges which are expected on Tuesday.
Wolfe’s Facebook page says he is a truck driver for Estes Express Lines.
Numerous representatives from Estes reached out to Transportation Nation Network, saying Wolfe has not been employed by the company since 2015.
This is a developing story, so stay logged on to TransportationNation.com for the latest details.
Photos courtesy Leo Hayhurst / Tribune and Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office