‘Total destruction:’ Man drives 4 vehicles through buildings, home

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DEFIANCE COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) — Police in Defiance County arrested a man who they said drove his own vehicle and three others through a barn and outbuildings and into a home at a property west of Defiance Tuesday night.

Police were called around 10:15 p.m. to a property at 8648 Scholl Road on a report of a damage to a home and a burglary. According to a Defiance County Sheriff’s Office report, the owner of the property came home to find a vehicle in his home and damage to a barn and outbuildings.

A Defiance home was heavily damaged in an incident July 9, 2019.

Police arrived and found 26-year-old Cody Bell inside the home. He was taken into custody on an initial charge of felony Burglary.

He was taken to a local hospital then taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

The sheriff’s office said the home, barn and outbuildings sustained “severe” damage. Sheriff Doug Engel called the aftermath “total destruction.”

According to Engel, Bell was high on methamphetamine at the time. He used his own vehicles to ram the buildings then took keys from inside the home to use three of the homeowner’s vehicles to continue to destruction, Engel said.

Bell then rummaged through the home, Engel said.

“It’s a senseless act of violence, reckless disregard for someone who he absolutely had no contact ever with in his life,” Engel said. “He just picked this residence out in our county and created this destruction. The takeaway is we definitely have a drug problem throughout Northwest Ohio and all of Ohio.”

Bell told authorities he randomly chose the property once he was high. The sheriff’s office said deputies were still investigating and more criminal charges would be sent to the Defiance County Prosecutor’s Office to present to a grand jury.

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