Man in custody after leading deputies on chase

Conneaut police officers follow up on a police chase that include the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department .

A driver is in custody after fleeing from police on Thursday afternoon.

A vehicle almost struck a patrolling deputy on Stanhope-Kellogsville Road in the area of Sheffield and Monroe townships on Thursday, according to Sheriff William Johnson. The deputy turned around and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver did not stop, Johnson said.

The chase proceeded onto Interstate 90 and changed directions at least once, Johnson said. Eventually, the driver was boxed in. The driver then crashed into a deputy’s cruiser and attempted to hit other vehicles and the chase resumed, he said.

The chase proceeded into Conneaut, where the driver eventually bailed out of his vehicle and was apprehended soon after, Johnson said. The driver is a 36-year-old man from Hubbard and he had a warrant for his arrest out of Warren, Johnson said.

Speeds during the chase did not exceed 70 miles per hour, Johnson said.

The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office usually does not release names of suspects until they are arraigned, Johnson said.

The driver had a bump on his head and was taken to the hospital to be checked out, Johnson said. The driver was expected to be taken to the Ashtabula County jail after being cleared from the hospital, Johnson said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be investigating the crash involving the deputy’s cruiser. Several charges are expected to be filed against the driver, Johnson said.

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