BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – What started as a stolen vehicle report turned into a police chase and wrong-way crash on US-35 Wednesday morning.
Lieutenant Mark Ponichtera with the Dayton Police Department said Wednesday the car involved was reported stolen from Trotwood. Police learned an officer tried to stop the vehicle Tuesday night.
The car was spotted Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. in Dayton and officers began pursuit. Officer lost sight of the car when it went into Harrison Township. A short time later the car was spotted again and the fleeing car led officers on a chase into Beavercreek. Ponichtera said the car was traveling east in the westbound lanes of US-35 with a flat tire. Officers were about to call off the chase when the car drove off the freeway onto Grange Hall Road.
Authorities say speeds on the freeway were somewhere between 80 and 100 mph and 70 to 80 mph on surface streets.
The incident is still under investigation but Ponichtera said Wednesday the suspect vehicle appeared to have gotten on US-35 heading the wrong way at Fairfield Boulevard.
The two people were in the vehicle when it drove off the freeway, both were taken to area hospitals. One is listed in critical condition and the second person is stable, according to Ponichtera.
Ponichtera said the two people in the car were found to have “violent criminal” histories and that was why officers began pursuing the vehicle.
Thursday, the Dayton Police Department confirmed with 2 NEWS that the driver is being charged with failure to comply and receiving stolen property. His passenger will not face charges.
Beavercreek Police are investigating the crash and the Professional Standards Board is also looking at the pursuit and the crash to determine whether policies and procedures were followed as the crash occurred during a pursuit.
2 NEWS is working to learn more about this developing story and will keep you updated when more information is available.