Man arrested after stealing car with child in the backseat

FINDLAY, Ohio (WTVG) -- When a man stole a vehicle from Findlay, officers reached out to other nearby law enforcement agencies. The vehicle was no longer in town and the call was urgent. A baby was in the backseat.

Findlay Police say at about 7:47 PM Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, that vehicle was reported stolen from outside 425 Monroe Ave., Findlay.

After officers relayed information to adjacent jurisdictions, the Ohio State Highway Patrol spotted the suspected stolen vehicle on I-75 in Wood County, outside Bowling Green. They attempted to pull over the driver, but the vehicle kept going. It sparked a chase that eventually entered the streets of Toledo.

During the pursuit, troopers say they deployed "stop sticks," or tire deflation devices, and successfully punctured two of the tires on the fleeing vehicle, but it continued to elude them.

OSHP says the driver continued into the city of Toledo, "where he rammed a Highway Patrol cruiser as it was attempting to stop him. The suspect pulled into a parking lot on Byrne Road North of Hill Avenue where he struck a second Highway Patrol cruiser before coming to a stop and the driver fleeing on foot."

Once the suspect started running, a K9 officer ran after him and tackled the man. He was taken to the hospital for injuries sustained during that apprehension and later booked into the Lucas County Jail.

The infant in the backseat was not harmed and returned to her parents, who arrived at the scene.

The suspect, Joshua Gilliland, 29, of Arcadia, is now facing charges of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Child Endangerment, Felony Fleeing and Eluding, 2 counts of Assault on a Police Officer and Kidnapping.