Fire at Shelby Co. Board of Elections possibly linked to earlier chase and crash

Fire at the Shelby County Board of Elections in Sidney/Don Hatcher

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) — A fire at the Shelby County Board of Elections building in Sidney may be related to an earlier high speed chase and crash in the area.

The chase began just before 1:30 p.m. Thursday on I-75, when the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop a vehicle driving too fast on the interstate. The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and the sheriff’s office stopped the pursuit.

Just minutes later, the vehicle got off on the Fair Road exit in Sidney and drove into town at a high rate of speed. The pursuit resumed with sheriff’s deputies and Sidney Police officers chasing the vehicle.

The chase ended when the vehicle crashed into a van and snapped a power pole near the intersection of Fair Road and Court Street.

The driver of the vehicle tried to run away, but authorities caught him a short distance from the crash. He was taken by CareFlight to the hospital due to injuries suffered in the crash.

Two people in the van were also injured. The extent of all of the injuries are unknown, according to the Sidney Police Department.

At 4:38 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the Board of Elections building.

DP&L was called to the scene to repair the power pole and clean up several power lines that were down in the area. During those repairs, a worker noticed smoke coming from the roof area of the Board of Elections building on the 200 block of E. Court St.

Fire crews returned to the scene and put out the fire, which appeared to be contained to the interior of the building.

The estimated damage of the building is $400,000 and contents inside the building is estimated at $10,000.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t released the charges the driver of the vehicle will face.

Officials say there were no victims from the fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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