Deputy Killed Laying Stop Sticks During High-Speed Chase
Dayton Daily News via YellowBrix
May 10, 2011
TURTLECREEK TWP., OHIO — A Warren County sheriff’s deputy deploying stop sticks to halt a fleeing driver was hit and killed early Tuesday morning.
A massive manhunt for the driver involved in the deputy’s death included police dogs and helicopters. Law enforcement officials at the scene this morning said that police scanner traffic suggested that the driver had been captured.
A joint press conference with Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims and Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Mike Sanders is scheduled for 9 a.m. We will have reporters and photographers there and will update the story immediately after the press conference.
The chase started in Franklin and ended on U.S. 42 at Utica Road north of Lebanon around 2 a.m.
“The suspect vehicle was heading south on 42. The suspect vehicle was actually driving in the northbound lanes on the wrong side of the road,” Sims said. “He did strike a sheriff’s cruiser almost head-on. Another cruiser had to avoid being struck. Shortly after that another deputy from our agency was deploying stop sticks and was struck and ultimately killed by the suspect vehicle.”
This is the first death of a Warren County Sheriff’s deputy in the line of duty, according to former Sheriff Tom Ariss, who is now a county commissioner. Ariss said he received a call at 3 a.m about the deputy’s death, but would not release any other information.
The name of the deputy had not been released as of 8:15 a.m.
“We’ll release information as it becomes available,” Sims said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which has blocked the roadway in the area.
There was no information immediately available about how and where the pursuit began, the type of vehicle in the pursuit, and whether the occupant or occupants of the fleeing vehicle were injured.
Sheriff deputies, Lebanon police and Ohio State Highway patrol and fire departments were blocking many intersections around the area, including Drake Road from Miller Road to OH-122.
Lebanon Schools are on a two-hour delay due to U.S. 42 being shut down.