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Sidney police are crediting residents in helping in the apprehension of subjects involved in a police pursuit.

Sgt. Joshua Divens posted on the city’s Facebook page, thanking residents of the nearby village of Pemberton that assisted in the search of three subjects involved in a pursuit.

The pursuit started just before 7:30 p.m. June 14 in the area of Goodwill, 417 E. Court St., Sidney. 

Sidney police Chief William Balling said it was actually a citizen that reported a suspicious vehicle, a black Lincoln, and possible drug use, that sparked the pursuit and subsequent arrests. 

When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver fled in a reckless manner, according to police.

The pursuit lasted about six minutes, traveling six miles and ending in the 5700 block of Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Sidney, according to a police department memo. Speeds reached over 100 mph, according to the police report.

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A police memo states the pursuit was terminated after officers lost sight of the vehicle. A short time later, citizens helped in finding the vehicle again, pointing officers in the direction the vehicle went, according to the police memo.

The driver Michael L. Downing, 43, of Dayton, was charged with felony failure to comply, as well as a felony warrant from outside of Shelby County. Downing was arrested on his 43rd birthday.

Passenger Joshua S. Centers, 28, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant in Shelby County, according to police. 

A third passenger, a woman, was not charged.

Police discovered Downing had a previous gunshot wound and he was treated at a hospital for complications from the injury.

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