ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — A man accused of leading a deputy on a chase through a mobile home park on a child’s dirt bike is facing several charges.
Eric Schultz, 28, of Ashtabula, was arrested Nov. 1 on a charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, according to a police report. He bonded out of county jail Tuesday and is due back in Ashtabula Municipal Court for arraignment Nov. 14, court records state.
A deputy reported seeing a man on a smaller kid’s dirt bike with no visible taillight around 9:30 p.m. heading north on State Road, the report states. The man was too big for the dirt bike, the deputy reported.
“Due to several recent thefts of dirt bikes and four wheelers I pulled out to follow the dirt bike as it appeared odd that an adult was riding the dirt bike on the roadway,” the deputy wrote.
The deputy followed Schultz across the Smolen Gulf Bridge and activated the police car lights as they reached Crestlawn Trailer Park. Schultz looked back and accelerated through the trailer park, the report states.
Schultz is accused of driving around other vehicles on the kid’s dirt bike in the trailer park and off the road and behind several mobile homes. As the man pulled back on to State Road two more deputies joined the pursuit which headed on to 41st Street where Schultz was accused of driving through yards, the report states.
“The driver failed to obey several stop signs during the pursuit while traveling at a speed greater than 25 miles per hour,” a deputy wrote.
Schultz stopped after driving through a ditch, the report states. He told deputies he bought the dirt bike for his daughter from a man in Madison for a pretty good deal.
Upon his arrest deputies found two baggies of marijuana and during the booking process at the county jail a half-smoked joint was found in a lighter case, the report states.