Two Officers Hurt, Four Cruisers Damaged in Police Chase

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Two officers were hurt and four patrol cars were damaged during a police chase early Friday morning in Scioto County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the incident began when a trooper pulled over a driver on U.S. 52 near Manning Street just after 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Lt. M.R. Gore says as the trooper was getting out of his car, the driver intentionally rammed the troopers’ car with his truck, disabling the cruiser.

The driver then took off heading east on U.S.52. Near the SR 335 intersection, another trooper tried to stop the driver, but his cruiser was also rammed and disabled.

The suspect then continued east on U.S. 52 with two New Boston Police Officers in pursuit.

Lt. Gore says the driver then rammed one of the New Boston cars, disabling it.

The suspect then drove through the median and began heading west on U.S.52.

Gore says near the 29-mile marker, the suspect stopped again and attempted to ram two other patrol cars but was unsuccessful. The suspect again took off and just east of the SR 140 intersection, he tried to ram another patrol car. In doing so, he slid off the right side of the road.

In order to prevent the suspect from driving off again, a patrol car blocked the truck and the driver was forcibly removed and arrested.

Gore says the driver, Brian Rawlins, 27, of Stout, Ohio was taken to the Scioto County Jail where he faces multiple felony charges.

Jail officials tell that charges assault on a police officer, felonious assault, vandalism and DUI.

The New Boston Police Officer and the Highway Patrol Trooper injured during the pursuit were treated and released from the Southern Ohio Medical Center.

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