SANDUSKY -- Just before dawn Wednesday, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers received a call of a vehicle operating recklessly traveling westbound on state Route 2 near U.S. 250.
It was located in Sandusky in Erie County.
The car was observed to make numerous marked lane violations and was stopped. As soon as the vehicle was stopped, the trooper noticed the steering column was peeled and the driver admitted to the trooper that the vehicle was stolen.
During a search of the driver, a screwdriver and a pair of pliers were found in his pants pocket. He also appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
The investigation also revealed there were two girls in the vehicle who were both 15 years old.
They stated that the driver offered to give them a ride home but subsequently became lost and ended up driving towards Sandusky, 60 miles away.
One of the females was entered into LEADS as a missing juvenile. Cuyahoga County Children Services was contacted and assisted in making arrangements to return the girls to their parents.
The driver, Christopher L. Williams, 25, of Cleveland, was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence, receiving stolen property, possession of criminal tools, child endangering, operating a vehicle without a license, failure to drive in marked lanes and driving without s seatbelt.
Williams submitted to a urine test and the results are pending.
The investigation is still pending.