2013-03-30 / News

Driver in Lakewood crash jailed

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON – The person who crashed a stolen vehicle onto Lakewood’s football field early March 20 is in jail.

“Sunday, he was arrested,” said Hebron Police Lt. Larry Brooks. He said a Duke station employee identified Nicholas Graves, 25, of 108 Seymour Ave., Buckeye Lake, as the person who led Hebron Police on a 90 mph chase on US 40 before losing control near Lakewood Middle School and crashing through fencing before stopping on the track.

Graves and an unidentified passenger fled the vehicle and may have hidden on or near the Lakewood campus, prompting Lakewood Superintendent Jay Gault to cancel classes March 20 for security purposes.

Graves was being held at the Licking County Justice Center on $50,000 bond, charged with felony fleeing, which is a third degree felony. “They can always add to that,” said Brooks. He said Graves was to go before a grand jury Thursday.

Brooks said the pursuing officer was unaware the vehicle was stolen. This was discovered later. “It wasn’t that we were chasing a stolen vehicle,” he said. “They took off, crashed at Lakewood, and fled.”

The vehicle was stolen in Heath after the owner left a key in it.

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