Man, 21, charged in Hamilton police pursuit caught on video

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 11:45 PM
Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 5:38 PM

            Man, 21, charged in Hamilton police pursuit caught on video

A 21-year-old Hamilton man Friday was charged with multiple traffic and criminal charges after a Thursday night police pursuit.

The chase started on Hamilton’s Main Street and ended about eight miles away in Fairfield after the man rammed two police cruisers in an attempt to elude capture.

Emery Herzig, of Fairborn Court, was taken to Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital to be evaluated for medical conditions apparently unrelated to the pursuit, according to Sgt. Ed Buns, a spokesman for Hamilton Police Department. Herzig remains hospitalized there as of Friday morning and his condition is not a result of any aspect of the pursuit.

He has been charged with fleeing and eluding a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, and reckless operation. More charges may be filed against Herzig upon completion of the investigation into the facts of the nearly 30-minute pursuit, which never exceeded 45 to 50 mph, Buns said.

“We don’t normally have pursuits that last that long,” he said. “However, given some of the information that the on-duty supervisor had, and the speed of the car … he continued to let the pursuit go.”

Additional charges against Herzig may be filed by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfield Police Department for actions committed against deputies and officers.

At 7:06 p.m. Thursday, police attempted to stop a Honda Civic on the west side of Hamilton that was operating erratically and nearly hit several oncoming vehicles.

Police officer Pete Gibbons signaled the driver to stop in the area of Main and F streets. Herzig pulled to the side of the road, but drove off when Gibbons got out of his cruiser.

He then traveled east on Main and across the High Main Bridge, refusing to stop after driving across tire-deflating stop sticks that damaged some of his tires.

Herzig made a U-turn in the area of High Street and Fair Avenue, then headed west on High across the Great Miami River and out Main Street to the city limits.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office units deployed stop sticks a second time, deflating the remainder of the car’s tires.

Herzig continued west on Main, pulled off another u-turn, turning into the Meijer parking lot and almost striking several citizens and the police cruisers pursuing him.

He then headed east on Main and High streets, turning south on Ohio 4. At Laurel Avenue he sideswiped a Hamilton police cruiser blocking the intersection to protect traffic, causing the cruiser’s side mirror to fall off.

Herzig continued south into Fairfield where he went left of center into opposing northbound traffic and pulled into the lot of a Performance Honda dealership at 5760 Dixie Highway, where police said he intentionally rammed a second Hamilton police cruiser that blocked the exit from the lot.

Herzig’s car, damaged and with all four tires deflated, finally came to a halt in the middle of Ohio 4 at 7:33 p.m.

Hamilton and Fairfield police, along with sheriff’s deputies, exited their cruisers and drew their weapons, with at least one officer giving verbal commands, according to reports.

Herzig reportedly sat motionless in his seat and did not react to the commands, so officers and deputies removed him from his seat via the car’s window

Stolen-car pursuit in Moraine leads to Kettering crash

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 7:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 9:50 PM

Suspects fleeing Moraine police in a car stolen in Trotwood later crashed and overturned before bailing on foot in Kettering.

Moraine police first intercepted the car around 4:50 p.m. and had a short pursuit on South Dixie Drive before they learned the car crashed at 4:52 p.m., said Moraine police Sgt. Andrew Parish. 

"It was driving so fast we lost sight of it," Parish said, which is why they ended the pursuit at Dorothy Lane. 

The fleeing vehicle then passed a Kettering officer, who pulled out to follow. By the time she got to South Dixie Drive near Sacramento Avenue, she found the car, a red Buick sedan, overturned. 

"It hit a culvert on the side of the road and flipped over," Parish said. 

Excessive speed and possible alcohol impairment are factors in the crash, the sergeant said. 

The driver and his passenger fled on foot and were caught a short time later. They suffered minor cuts and scrapes and were booked into the Montgomery County Jail. 

The driver was identified as Deonta Jones and his passenger as Shaquiel Clemons, Parish said.

Jones, 24, was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property, failure to comply with police, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and obstructing official business. He also had a warrant for his arrest in Fairborn. 

Clemons, 22, on was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor warrant for criminal trespassing from an unrelated case, online jail records show.

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12 injured when car crashes into New Orleans parade crowd

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:43 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:43 PM

            12 injured when car crashes into New Orleans parade crowd

A driver careened through a crowd during a parade Saturday, injuring at least 12 people, police say.

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The vehicle ran through the Krewe of Endymion parade around 6:45 p.m., according to The Times-Picayune.

"Initial reports show so far about a dozen people are in critical condition," police spokeswoman Ambria Washington told The Times-Picayune. "That number could increase as the investigation is ongoing."

12 injured when car crashes into New Orleans parade crowd

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Heroin, other drugs killing Ohioans in record numbers

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:47 PM

The number of people dying from heroin overdoses has tripled since 2010.

In 2015, more than 52,000 people died from drug overdoses, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Overdose deaths involving fentanyl and tramadol also increased, according to the data from 2015, the latest year available.

The impact of the epidemic stretches past those who are struggling with addiction, with dire consequences for families, communities and the economy, said Katherine Gallagher Robbins with the Center for American Progress.

“It’s in every corner of this country,” Robbins said. “We need to think of this and all drug addiction as a public health crisis.”

Ohio had particularly high drug overdose rates in 2015. The only states with higher death rates were West Virginia, New Hampshire and Kentucky.

On Saturday afternoon in Dayton, a man’s body was found in the 2900 block of Kingston Avenue. When medics arrived, he was already deceased due to a presumed drug overdose, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

Deaths increased in all races, ethnicities and age groups, with adults 45 to 54 having the highest fatal OD rate, the data show.

President Donald Trump pledged on the campaign trail that addicts would get the services they need. Robbins criticized GOP priorities laid out so far this year that she said could do more harm than good.

“I think if we don’t address things now we are looking at some really dark things coming in the future,” she said.

The data in the report showed that fewer people died in 2015 from taking powerful and addictive opioid drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone.