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Bucyrus man busted after stealing sheriff’s cruiser while in custody




BUCYRUS, Ohio — A Bucyrus man is facing a felony charge after police say he stole a Crawford County Sheriff’s Office cruiser while in custody Wednesday.

At 5:25 p.m., deputies from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office were on South East St. in Bucyrus to serve a protection order to 28-year-old Dahlen Hyden.

Hyden was served the court paperwork and was informed that he had to leave the South East St. residence.

Hyden proceeded to pull out a knife and threatened to harm himself, police said in a news release. Bucyrus Police Department and additional deputies from the sheriff’s office responded to the scene and Hyden was taken into custody after he inflicted harm to his arm with the knife.

Hyden was placed in the back seat of a sheriff’s cruiser, and while deputies were finishing up the call, Hyden was able to bring his cuffed hands from behind his back, to the front and climbed through a window in the partition. Hyden fled the scene in the sheriff’s cruiser, which contained the deputy’s equipment.

Officers from the Bucyrus Police Department pursued Hyden but lost sight of the vehicle. Information of the incident was sent to all area law enforcement to be on the lookout for the stolen cruiser.

A Wyandot County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the cruiser behind an abandoned meatpacking facility in the unincorporated community of Wyandot.

Hyden was located on the roof of the meatpacking facility and was taken into custody without further incident.

Hyden was booked into the Crawford County Justice Center for theft of a motor vehicle, a felony. Police say additional charges could be issued against Hyden upon review by a grand jury.

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