Man in custody after driving wrong way on interstate during OSP pursuit

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DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — A man is in custody after leading Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers on a pursuit in Warren County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday in Deerfield Township when a trooper spotted a vehicle speeding in the northbound lanes of I-71. The trooper reported the vehicle going 96 miles per hour ina  65 mph zone.

The trooper identified the vehicle as a wrong way driver from the Fields Ertel Road area.

OSP says the trooper tried to pull over the vehicle, but it did not stop.

The trooper pursued the vehicle to Kings Mill Road and back onto I-71. Authorities say the driver went the wrong way on the interstate several times during the pursuit.

Authorities say the pursuit ended when the trooper intentionally hit the suspect’s vehicle twice.

The suspect has been identified as a 29-year-old man from Middletown. A trooper took the man into custody without incident.

He was taken to Bethesda Arrow Springs for evaluation. He’s now being held in the Warren County Jail.

Authorities say drugs are suspected as a factor in the incident.

OSP is investigating.

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