Tuesday, February 16, 1999

Clermont man faces charges after 23-mile chase by police

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Clermont County man is scheduled to be in court today to face numerous charges after police say he led them on a 23-mile chase early Monday that ended in Cincinnati's East End.

        Police said Vincent Clark, 28, of the 400 block of Odin Drive in Union Township was arrested after the chase and is facing charges of aggravated menacing, possession of drug paraphernalia, displaying a weapon, reckless operation of a vehicle, driving under the influence and failure to comply with a police order.

        The chase started shortly after midnight when Trooper Shawn Simms of the Ohio State Highway Patrol clocked a pickup truck going 78 mph in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 275 near the Hamilton-Clermont counties line.

        Mr. Clark failed to stop, the trooper said. He continued south on I-275, and Trooper Simms said Mr. Clark flashed a gun during the chase when he pulled alongside him and ordered him to pull over.

        The chase continued to Kellogg Avenue in the East End, where Cincinnati police and Hamilton County sheriff's deputies joined in.

        The officers set up nail-studded “stop sticks” and Mr. Clark struck one, flattening his left front tire.

        Police said Mr. Clark continued into Jerry Ernst's Auto Body shop off Kellogg Avenue, just west of Wilmer Avenue. He left the truck and ran with the gun in his hand.

        He later surrendered without incident and gave up the handgun.

        An unidentified woman was found in the pickup. Police said she told them Mr. Clark fired a shot at her at Village Point Apartments in Batavia.

        She also told police Mr. Clark ordered her to undress during the chase, which lasted about 23 minutes.

        Police said Mr. Clark had been using alcohol and drugs. After his arrest, police said they found two vials with a white powdery substance that proved to be cocaine.

        Mr. Clark was being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.


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