Grove City police gave chase June 9 to a vehicle that was reported to have been stolen out of Columbus.
At 8:53 a.m., an officer patrolling the parking lot at a hotel in the 1600 block of Buckeye Place observed a man sitting in a white panel van parked in the southwest corner of the lot. The officer checked the license plate and discovered the van had been reported stolen to Columbus police.
The vehicle exited the lot driving east on Buckeye Place, then headed to a gas station in the 1800 block of Stringtown Road, where it stopped at a pump. Another officer arrived at the scene and activated his lights to make a traffic stop, reports stated.
The first officer exited his vehicle and ordered the driver to turn off the van's engine. Instead, the suspect put the van into drive and exited onto an access road off Parkway Center to Thistlewood Drive, according to reports.
Both officers got back into their cruisers and began to pursue the van, which turned left on to Stringtown then exited onto Interstate 71 north.
The van exited onto Interstate 270 north, then took the exit to northbound U.S. Route 62. At that time, the van passed a car on a double yellow line, reports stated.
The officers chose for safety reasons to deactivate their lights and sirens and stop their pursuit.
In other recent police reports:
* Police received a call at 1:15 p.m. June 10 about a box filled with jars containing animal remains that was discovered in the grass next to a parking lot in the 4000 block of Gantz. Road, reports stated. The box also contained a package of tampons.
Officers responded to the scene and located the box. Each jar contained an unknown liquid along with the carcass of an animal.
The box was taken away with the intention of being destroyed.
* An officer was dispatched June 9 to a business in the 3900 block of Jackson Pike on a report of an attempt to steal vehicles.
When he arrived, the officer was directed to the southeast corner of the property where a Dodge Challenger was stuck on top of a dirt mound between the parking lot and a perimeter fence. A Dodge Charger was parked at the bottom of the mound.
The officer determined the suspect had attempted to drive the Charger up the dirt mound but was not successful, according to reports. A Chevrolet Impala was also parked behind the Charger.
The Impala had damage to its center front bumper and the Challenger had damage on all sides of the vehicle, reports stated. The officer determined the Impala had been used in an attempt to push the Challenger over the dirt mound.
The Charger had damage on its left rear panel where it had struck a street sweeper parked on the lot, according to reports.
Three other vehicles had been staged in the area near the dirt mound.
A chain link fence near the dirt mound had been cut and the fencing pulled back far enough to allow vehicles to pass through, reports stated.
* Grove City police responded twice in two days to reports of high-definition televisions being stolen from a hotel under construction in the 1700 block of Buckeye Place.
The construction supervisor reported June 7 that televisions were stolen from three rooms at the hotel site. They were taken between 5 p.m. June 6 and 7 a.m. June 7, according to reports.
The next day, he reported two more televisions had been stolen between 7:30 p.m. June 7 and 2 a.m. June 8. The latter time corresponded to when a police officer patrolling in the area found indications that the building had been entered, reports stated.
* A Groveport man was arrested on a felony drug possession charge June 8 after a police officer observed him driving backwards on Stringtown Road in heavy traffic.
The man was observed at 11:11 a.m. driving backward past Marlane Drive. The officer watched as the man then drove forward and turned right onto Marlane.
The officer caught up with him in the parking lot of a hotel in the 4100 block of Marlane Drive and made a traffic stop, reports stated.
According to reports, the man told the officer he had a suspended license. A bottle of Percocet was found in his pocket, at which time the man told the officer he had no prescription for the medication and had purchased it on the street. He was arrested on the drug charge and on a warrant from Franklin County for driving under suspension, reports stated.