AMAZING VIDEO: Ride-along with Ohio State Highway Patrol involves high speed pursuit


The Ohio State Highway Patrol post in Belmont County allowed 7News to ride along with a trooper today.

In only one hour, there was a high-speed pursuit and a multi-vehicle accident.

It started out peacefully, with Trooper T.J. White, a full tank of gas in the cruiser and clear blue skies.

We hit the interstate to look for speeders.

But something was going on.

Soon, dispatchers were giving information to Trooper White that prompted him to rush to provide back-up to other officers.

It was surprising that many vehicles did not pull over quickly as the cruiser approached.

The suspect was a white man with dark brown hair and a beard, in a car with New Jersey plates.

Officials said he was angry when the patrol pulled him over.

He told them he’d been pulled over twice already, and was rushing his female passenger to the hospital for a panic attack.

They said the officer offered to get her to the hospital, and the man said no and sped off, hitting speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour.

They turned off I-70 and onto I-470.

“Coming down the hill around the curve,” the radio blared.

They had put out the spikes, the car blew out its tires and the pursuit was over.

“We have a stop,” they said over the radio. “We have the vehicle stopped. OK, we got ’em stopped at 12:30.”

The male driver appeared furious, struggling and refusing to cooperate.

It took three troopers to get him into the cruiser.

The female passenger was no happier, at times bending over the guardrail, appearing to be getting sick, and having trouble walking.

“We’ve got them in custody,” said one voice over the radio. “They’re refusing to give us ID information. And we need the next available wrecker.”

Then we went on to a multi-vehicle accident.

Apparently it was just another day, leading up to the 4th of July.

Officials tell us the driver was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless operation, failure to comply with the order of a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of drugs.

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