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Blown engine puts abrupt end to high-speed car chase

It was a high-speed chase that got a little slow when the engine blew up on the getaway car.

Sylvania Police officer Mike Dickerson tried to stop the driver of a Buick LeSabre for a suspended registration at about 8:15 p.m. Monday, at the intersection of S. Hull and Curtis streets.

The driver refused to stop and led Dickerson on a six-mile chase that reached speeds over 100 mph on Friendship Road. “The car came very close to hitting several vehicles on Friendship Road,” said Sgt. Trevin Moore.

Before the car crossed Highway 24, it began burning oil badly and smoking, and slowed “considerably,” Dickerson said in his report. By then, a second police car driven by officer Shane Burke and a third vehicle driven by Police Chief Gary Weaver had joined the chase, Moore said.

The car was driving on the wrong side of McBride Circle before it came to a stop and the driver, the only person in the car, got out. Dickerson arrested the man as soon as he got out of the vehicle.

On the driver’s seat, officers found a small bottle containing eight pieces of a white substance believed to be crack cocaine, Moore said. They also found an open half-pint of Colt 45 malt liquor on the floorboard.

Abraham Patterson, 30, was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute; fleeing-attempting to elude; reckless driving; driving under the influence-refusal; and suspended registration. Patterson’s address was listed as a post office box in Sylvania. Previously he had listed addresses on Arnett Street and Lariscy Lane.