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Suspected Drunk Driver Leads Police on Chase

COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- Tonight, a suspected drunk driver is in trouble with the law, after Franklin County sheriff's deputies say he led them on a chase. Investigators say 21 year-old Bryan Barksdale took off on I-71 and crashed near Stringtown Road.

In dash cam video, you can see the suspect weaving through traffic, just ahead of the deputy's cruiser. Deputies chased the man South on I-71, around 9 this morning. Deputies say they noticed something suspicious about the car. Sheriff Zach Scott sat down with ABC 6/FOX 28 to talk about the incident. "The bumper was half way off of the car and he was still traveling at a high rate of speed at which the officer tried to engage him to pull over. He was refusing to pull over," Sheriff Scott said.

Sheriff Scott says Barksdale, was going around 75 miles per hour down 71. Deputies say he took out part of this speed limit sign, before driving into the grass and finally stopping on the side of the interstate, a half mile South of Stringtown Road. Sheriff Scott says drugs or alcohol may have been a factor. "With those type of indicators, the officer's going to pull this individual over. Find out what's going on before someone else does get hurt," Sheriff Scott said.

Sheriff Scott says the decision to pull someone over is made by the deputy in pursuit and his supervisor. They make a quick call, depending on several factors. "What type of offenses occurred. What are the road conditions? Where is it? What time of day is it? Do we have a lot of traffic issues going on? Has it been raining," Sheriff Scott said.

 In this case, it was okay to pursue. Barksdale was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital. He's facing miscellaneous traffic offenses and deputies say he might also be tied to four hit-skip crashes in the area.
 
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