A Lorain man is in custody after a high-speed chase spanning two counties after police said he stole a police cruiser. Lorain police Lt. Michael Failing said police were called to a home on Livingston Street to do a welfare check on behalf of the Nord Center. There, they encountered Brandon Pettry, 30, and took him into custody. Chris Pettry, Brandon’s mother, said her son had been released Wednesday from Lutheran Hospital-Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, having been in and out of hospitals in the last month for mental illness. She said Brandon Pettry’s grandmother dropped him off at his sister’s house on Livingston Street. Police arrived with an ambulance as backup for the welfare check. His mother said the ambulance didn’t take Brandon Pettry because he knew his name, where he was and said he took his medication. “I told them it was a mistake and he might hurt himself or others,” she said. “This was a mother’s cry for help. I’m devastated. My heart’s broken.”

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