Troopers sought man who fled traffic stop


Ohio Highway Patrol troopers have called off the search for a man who they say attempted to pull a loaded handgun on a trooper during a traffic stop today on I-280, and then escaped the scene on foot.

Patrick Laverne Hammond, 42, of Lorain, Ohio, remains on the loose and should be considered armed and dangerous, troopers are reporting. He was pulled over at the intersection of I-280 and the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County at 2 p.m. before he fled the scene. Mr. Hammond was last seen running northwest from the turnpike.

Troopers said he is currently on federal probation for armed robbery.

The patrol is warning Toledo area residents to be on the lookout for Mr. Hammond. He was last seen wearing a light blue long-sleeve shirt and dark blue pants.

The patrol searched the area with assistance from Toledo and Lake Township police departments before discontinuing the search tonight.