Police are looking for an escaped inmate from Missouri who fled from officers in two Northeast Ohio cities early Tuesday.
At 4:29 a.m. Tuesday, Westlake police tried to question a man who was sleeping in a pickup truck at the Hampton Inn on Detroit Road.
The man fled west on Detroit Road into Avon near Avon Commons, where police called off the pursuit.
North Ridgeville police pursued the same vehicle on Center Ridge Road and were able to deflate one of the truck's tires with stop sticks. The driver ran off.
The man has been identified as Brian James Adkison, 23, of Columbia, Mo.
According to Westlake police, he escaped Aug. 10 from the Caldwell County Detention Center in Kingston, Mo., where he faces kidnapping and domestic violence charges, as well as charges for violating a temporary protection order.
He is also wanted in Boone County on rape and and burglary charges.
He is 6 feet tall, weighs165 pounds, with short, light brown hair, brown eyes and a scruffy beard. He was wearing black shorts and a light T-shirt.
The license plate on the truck he was driving was found to be stolen from Strabane Township, Pa., and the truck itself was stolen from Weirton, W.Va., according to police.
North Olmsted police, Rocky River police and the Lorain County Sheriff's Office all assisted in the search for Adkison, but the search was called off about 10 a.m.
Anybody who sees Adkison is asked to call 911.