There have been thousands of UFO encounters around the world. Some witnesses benefited from their sightings while others faced a huge backlash. Fifty-five years ago, Ohio Policeman Dale Spaur chased a UFO for nearly 138 kilometers (approx. 86 miles), which later ruined his life. Skeptics pressurized him to believe it was just an atmospheric anomaly but Spaur resisted and stuck to his claim.
Dale Spaur, a 6’7” tall man, was the gunner on a B-51 in the Korean War before becoming a deputy Sheriff for Portage County, Ohio. On April 17, 1966, Spaur’s life changed forever. At around 5 a.m., he saw a large saucer-shaped craft ascended from the ground to the treetops, bathing the street downside with white light.
Spaur and his partner Wilbur Neff were called out to an abandoned vehicle near the town of Atwater during their night shift. They got out of their police cruiser to investigate, and it was the moment when Spaur saw a glowing object. The object was 40 feet across and was only 150 feet above them.
Spaur described the sighting:
“I always look behind me so no one can come up behind me. And when I looked in this wooded area behind us, I saw this thing. At this time it was coming up… to about tree top level. I’d say about one hundred feet. It started moving toward us…. As it came over the trees, I looked at Neff and he was still watching the car… and he didn’t say nothing and the thing kept getting brighter and the area started to get light… I told him to look over his shoulder, and he did.”
“He just stood there with his mouth open for a minute, as bright as it was, and he looked down. And I started looking down and I looked at my hands and my clothes weren’t burning or anything, when it stopped right over on top of us. The only thing, the only sound in the whole area was a hum… like a transformer being loaded or an overloaded transformer when it changes.”
“I was petrified, and, uh, so I moved my right foot, and everything seemed to work all right. And evidently, he made the same decision I did, to get something between me and it, or us and it, or whatever you would say. So we both went for the car, we got in the car and we sat there…”