Nichole Hannahs

Law Enforcement Vehicles Damaged in Accidents

by Nichole Hannahs on May 13, 2013 at 6:34 am

Two law enforcement vehicles suffer damage during two separate incidents involving a stolen vehicle.

Monday morning Zanesville Post Commander Lt. Matt Boyd said a New Concord Police Department SUV was struck by a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Joshua Sherrard of Newark, who then fled the scene.

New Concord Police pursued the vehicle on US 40 west, the car then traveled on to Interstate 70 west. The State Patrol joined the pursuit and it ended when the vehicle tried to pass a patrol car and struck it, near the Norwich exit.

Lt. Boyd said chasing vehicles can be scary.

"It’s a very dangerous situation which we have to take a lot of things into account when pursuing people and we try and do it be the safest means possible while still trying to apprehend the suspect," said Lt. Boyd.

Lt. Boyd said the Sherrard’s vehicle was reported stolen from Licking County. He was taken into custody. New Concord Mayor Greg Adams said their police vehicle was relatively new.

"It’s certainly an investment and when all these kind of things happen you sort of wonder what’s this going to do to your budget to make sure you can keep the best cruisers on the road that you need," said Mayor Adams.

Lt. Boyd said the case remains under investigation and when complete will be turned over to the prosecutor.