sound in the whole area was a hum,” Spaur said later.Regaining their composure, the cops jumped back into theircar and watched as the UFO veered off toward the east. Spaurreported what had happened to his dispatcher and was told topursue.
And so the chase was on. As long as the ying saucer stayed
close to the ground and kept a reasonable speed, it was a breeze totail. It was so bright, Spaur said, that “it’d make your eyes water.”Still, they pushed their cruiser to the limit to keep up. The UFOambled east at what, for it, must have been a leisurely pace. But
the cops had to drive in excess of one hundred miles an hour (160km/h) just to stay in the general vicinity.
As dawn broke, the two men got a better look at their quarry. It
was reportedly silver, with some sort of tail n or projection at the
rear—or at what the gumshoes assumed was the rear. It seemed
to be about forty feet (12 m) wide and eighteen feet (5.4 m) tall.
As the minutes passed, they highballed through jurisdiction after jurisdiction, keeping up a running commentary on their radio. In
East Palestine, Ohio, an ofcer named H. Wayne Huston listened
in, then parked at an intersection he knew they’d have to pass.Shortly thereafter he saw the UFO glide overhead, followed mo-
ments later by Portage County’s nest in their severely overtaxed
squad car. Huston fell in behind them and joined the chase.The pursuit ended in Conway, Pennsylvania, when Spaur, lowon gas, pulled over to ask a local cop for assistance. While the of-
cer was on his radio seeking instructions, Huston pulled up and
joined the party. The UFO, obligingly, hovered nearby in plainsight, as if waiting for the game of tag to resume.
But it wasn’t to be. The ofcers heard chatter on their car
radios about Air Force jets being scrambled to investigate. Soon
afterward they thought they saw ghters approaching. That, ap