Man arrested for 30-mile pursuit starting in Leesburg

OSHP: Suspect faces ‘laundry list’ of charges

By John Hamilton - [email protected]



A Hamilton man was arrested Saturday after leading authorities on a roughly 30-mile pursuit beginning near Leesburg and ending in the Blanchester area, authorities said.

Sgt. Jeremy Grillot of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Wilmington Post said troopers were stopping Jerry Harner, 25, in Highland County around Underground Road near Leesburg when he took off.

According to Grillot, the vehicle Harner drove was registered as stolen. Harner had been pulled over for not wearing a seat belt, Grillot said. He also had a brake light out, was not wearing a seat belt and did not have a driver’s license, according to Grillot.

Harner also had an active felony warrant from Clinton County for possession of drugs, Grillot said.

According to Grillot, the suspect pulled out and drove away from the trooper who had pulled him over. The pursuit lasted for about 30 miles and ended just south of Blanchester.

When he eventually slowed down, officials managed to box in his car on the road. Harner attempted to get around the troopers’ vehicles by driving into a ditch, but in the process, he struck the right front side of a vehicle that had stopped upon seeing the pursuit, according to the OSHP.

Blanchester police were also involved in the pursuit, Grillot said.

Harner was arrested and taken to the Clinton County Jail without further incident. No injuries were reported, Grillot said.

According to Grillot, Harner now faces a “laundry list” of traffic violations, a failure to comply charge, and receiving stolen property.

Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574.

OSHP: Suspect faces ‘laundry list’ of charges

By John Hamilton

[email protected]