Saturday, October 2, 2004

Two arrested in chases on I-74

Separate incidents include crash

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

WHITEWATER TWP. - Two men are facing charges after leading police in western Hamilton County on separate high-speed chases - one of which ended in a crash. There were no reported injuries.

The first chase occurred at 11:32 p.m. Thursday, after a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy stopped a 1991 Dodge pickup on the ramp from Interstate 74 to New Haven Road. The driver sped away.

The deputy chased the truck down New Haven Road onto east I-74, where another deputy used tire-deflating devices to disable and eventually stop the truck.

Michael J. Ferrari, 37, of Lawrenceburg was charged with fleeing and eluding, failure to drive in marked lanes, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving under suspension.

The second chase began just before 2 a.m. Friday when a Mount Healthy officer tried to stop a speeding 1999 Pontiac Trans Am in the 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue.

The driver refused to stop and fled north on Hamilton Avenue, police said. The chase continued through Colerain Township and into Green Township and eventually onto east I-74.

After hitting tire-deflating devices, the car left the highway onto North Bend Road. The driver lost control of the car and struck a parked car.

James L. Brown of Bond Hill was charged with failure to comply with a police officer and possession of drugs.



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