Jennifer Edwards Baker reports
A motorist faces several charges this morning after leading authorities on a long, wild chase over some 30 miles on two interstates.
The 20-minute pursuit began when West Chester police responded to a report of an assault inside the Cincinnati Marriott North hotel off Union Centre Boulevard and Interstate 75 about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Barb Wilson, township spokeswoman.
No one was actually hurt, and police found nothing when they arrived at the hotel, but officers did spot a vehicle that matched the description of one allegedly involved nearby, outside the Dingle House Irish Pub & Grub nearby off Union-Centre Boulevard.
When the motorist saw an officer approaching, he floored the gas and sped off down Union Centre and onto southbound Interstate 75, Wilson said.
The chase moved west onto I-275, where the driver exited onto Ohio 747 in Springdale before jumping back onto I-275, this time heading east into Sharonville, Wilson said.
Hamilton County sheriff’s officials and Sharonville police joined the pursuit. Sharonville officers threw down stop-sticks in an attempt to deflate the fleeing vehicle’s tires.
The sticks punctured the tires, finally stopping the vehicle just before the exit onto Reed Hartman Highway, but not before it crashed into a Shronville police cruiser, Wilson said.
“He was all over the place,” Wilson said.
No officers were hurt.
The driver attempted to run off, but a Sharonville K-9 search dog bit him.
The suspect was taken to Bethesda North Hospital, treated for the dog bite and released.
He remains in custody at West Chester police station, where he will be booked on several charges, Wilson said.
Specific counts and the driver’s name have not been released yet.