A suspect was chased through Allen, Van Wert, and Putnam Counties and through Delphos City on Monday at speed in excess of 90 mph. (DHI Media/Steven Coburn-Griffis)
A suspect was chased through Allen, Van Wert, and Putnam Counties and through Delphos City on Monday at speed in excess of 90 mph. (DHI Media/Steven Coburn-Griffis)

COLUMBUS GROVE — What began as a routine traffic stop in Columbus Grove early Monday afternoon evolved into a potentially deadly high speed chase across rural Putnam, Van Wert, and Allen Counties and through the City of Delphos. Before the vehicle’s driver, Timothy Boedicker, 38, of Lima, submitted to arrest, six separate law enforcement agencies were involved in the pursuit.

It all began simply enough. At 1:24 p.m., Columbus Grove Chief of Police Sean Hiler signaled the driver of a red GMC pickup to pull over.

“I got behind him and ran his plates,” Hiler said. “The plates came back as being registered to a suspended driver. I tried to initiate a traffic stop to see if the registered owner was driving. He took off around Road Z. I had my lights and siren on and he wouldn’t pull over.”

While chasing the vehicle at estimated speeds of between 90 and 100 miles per hour, Hiler contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for assistance. With no deputies in the immediate area, PCSO dispatchers contacted the Kalida PD and Kalida Chief of Police Jim Gulker joined the chase.

Boedicker fled west on State Route 115 into Allen County where deputies from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol lent their efforts.

According to Gulker, in the course of the pursuit, troopers deployed spike strips at three separate locations and, at one point, boxed Boedicker in with their vehicles. Boedicker evaded all three traps and refused to stop when boxed in, forcing the troopers to stand down.

“OSP put spike strips out at 115 and 30,” Gulker recounted. “He missed them. Got on 30 westbound and he was in and out, running cars off the road, going around semis on the shoulder.”

During the chase on U.S. 30 the Van Wert Post State Highway Patrol and Van Wert County Sheriff Department became involved in the chase.

“He just about hit a bunch of vehicles,” said Gulker. “Finally, he got in the other lane, went through the median, across the eastbound lane, and went up the side of the embankment for the on-ramp of the eastbound lane. Then we went toward Delphos.”

Boedicker drove up through Delphos from the south, where both on and off-duty Delphos Police officers gave chase. He then raced down Main Street to Fifth Street and on down to Lincoln Highway before turning back east and, ultimately, surrendering just west of 7290 Lincoln Highway.

In Putnam County Municipal Court on Tuesday, Boedicker appeared via video arraignment in Putnam from the Putnam County Jail on one count of failure to comply, a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine; and three separate traffic violations: speeding, operating a vehicle while under child support suspension and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Municipal Court Judge Chad Niese set a pretrial date of Monday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. on the single felony charge. Boedicker entered a plea of not guilty to all three traffic offenses and Niese set the hearing on those charges for the same date. Bond in the matter was set at $25,000 cash or surety.

A comprehensive search of Boedicker’s vehicle will be conducted at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, beginning Tuesday afternoon.