Authorities said one man from Bryan is lucky to be alive after a traffic accident Monday afternoon in Fulton County involving two stolen hot rods pursued by police.
At 4:50 p.m. Monday, Jason A. Vyers, 41, of Bryan, was driving a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee west on Fulton County Road D in German Township, one mile east of the Williams County line. As he turned south onto Fulton County Road 24, a black 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack swerved around him and crashed into the ditch, then a green 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat side-swiped his Jeep.
The black Challenger was driven by Thorne D. Carrington, 28, of Richmond Heights, Ohio, and he failed to stop for the stop sign. It traveled southwest through the intersection and struck the ditch, sustaining disabling damage. The green Charger was driven by Deztaney T. Spencer, 21, of Cleveland. She also failed to stop for the stop sign and attempted to go around the Jeep when the vehicles collided.
“It was just barely a glancing blow with minor damage to both,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Ashenfelter said. “Thank God! Both of those vehicles are highly souped up, big engines, super fast.” The Challenger had been reported stolen in Strongsville and the Charger had been reported stolen from a dealership in Archbold. Both vehicles were being pursued by law enforcement at the time of the accident (including the OSHP, Archbold police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office while deputies from Defiance and Henry counties were en route to intercept).
Carrington was transported by Archbold EMS to the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon with suspected serious injuries. His condition as of Tuesday was not immediately available.
Spencer fled the scene back to Archbold and abandoned the Charger on West Street, two miles north of the Terry Henricks Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership at 1935 S. Defiance St., where police responded to the initial complaint.
“A search was done of the area and with the tips from local citizens, Spencer was located and taken into custody,” Archbold Police Chief Leo Wixom III said in a press release Tuesday afternoon. She was arrested at 6:42 p.m. and charged with felony grand theft of a motor vehicle, failure to comply and misdemeanor reckless operation. She was taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. Carrington has also been charged with the same offenses.
The accidents remain under investigation with additional charges pending.
Stryker Police Chief Steve Schlosser confirmed at least one of the vehicles passed through Stryker during the pursuit, but at no time was there ever “a man with a gun” in the village or near the school, as had been rumored. “We just assisted Archbold PD,” he said.
Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force Commander Max Nofziger also confirmed that his officers “assisted other agencies” during the pursuit, but declined to comment further.
Spencer has outstanding warrants in Ottawa County from a pursuit on Dec. 12, 2020. It started at 4:42 p.m. on Ohio 2 when a trooper clocked her “high-performance sedan” at 145 mph. She fled west to Ohio 163, where she was clocked at 175 mph before zig-zagging on side roads between the two highways.
That vehicle, also a Dodge, eventually crashed on Ohio 163 and rolled over. As an Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputy rushed in to render aid to an injured passenger, Spencer allegedly rushed out and stole his cruiser.
She drove west for less than a mile until she lost control of the cruiser and crashed a second time. When a passing motorist stopped she reportedly started screaming “He’s hurt!” and when that driver came to help what they thought was an injured officer, Spencer allegedly stole his pickup truck. That vehicle was found in Detroit later that day, also crashed.