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Driver Goes 120 MPH in High Speed Chase, Then Runs from Police
REYNOLDSBURG (James Jackson) -- New information tonight on a high speed chase, through Reynoldsburg. Police say the driver reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
It started as a routine traffic stop. A Reynoldsburg police officer ran the car's license plate, early this morning. "The registered owner on the vehicle was driving under suspension," said Reynoldsburg Police Chief Jim O'Neill.
But, in this case, the driver never pulled over. Dash cam video shows him turning on his right turn signal and getting onto on I-70 West and he doesn't let up on the gas. With the officer in pursuit, the car merges into oncoming traffic, apparently making a run for it. Police tell ABC 6 the car was going about 120 miles per hour on I-70. The speed limit in that particular area is 65.
The officer eventually slowed down and cuts his lights and sirens. Chief O'Neill says it's their policy not to chase anyone, unless it's a violent felon. But, he says these high speeds put other drivers lives at risk. "He cuts in front of a semi in the video. It's hard to tell exactly how much right of way he had getting in there. But, there was definitely traffic heading west bound on 70," Chief O'Neill said.
The driver eventually hit a guardrail, at the on-ramp, from South Hamilton Road to I-70 West. He got out of the car and ran. "There was other things that i won't really get into. Things that we did recover out of the vehicle," Chief O'Neill said.
At this point, it's not clear if the driver was hurt. But no one else was injured in the chase. Investigators don't have a good description of the driver. But, they know the car wasn't registered to him. If you have any information about this crime, call police.