EASTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — An 18-year-old had successfully eluded officers in northeast Ohio, but a search for his missing hat led him back into the hands of police.
Northeast Ohio Media Group reports officers in Eastlake tried to stop Otha Montgomery for running a red light Tuesday morning.
Authorities say Montgomery sped up when an officer pursued him, then pulled into a driveway and ran away on foot.
Police say Montgomery was stopped later and told officers he was walking to a friend’s house. They didn’t arrest him.
Montgomery later returned to the scene where the pursuit ended to retrieve his lost hat. After giving officers there a detailed description of the missing hat, police found it in a flowerbed and arrested him.
Court records don’t list an attorney for Montgomery.
Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.