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Published: Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 5:20 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 10:50 PM
KETTERING — Police just released the cruiser camera footage of a 25-minute chase early Tuesday morning after a man rammed a cruiser.
The incident on Annabelle Drive in Kettering led to a pursuit followed by a 10-hour standoff that ended when police forced 35-year-old Mark Edward Slate Jr. out of a Harrison Twp. home and arrested him.
News Center 7 was the first to bring news of the chase and standoff, and showed exclusive photos of Slate hanging from the attic of the Oneida Avenue home as he surrendered to police.
The incident began when a Kettering police officer pulled up Annabelle Drive to investigate a possible theft, when Slate drive toward him.
“Just hit the cruiser with a trailer,” the officer said.
The officer turned around and activated his overhead lights and sirens.
He followed the driver, a man later identified as Slate, who also had a woman in the vehicle with him. Slate’s truck pulled out of the neighborhood, as the officer radios dispatch.
“Permission to pursue?”
Slate headed east on Dorothy Lane, when another cruiser joined the chase and they continue past The Greene and onto southbound Interstate 675.
The video showed Slate swerving across the highway to keep the cruisers behind him.
They followed him from I-675 to northbound Interstate 75 and, at normal speeds, pursued him all the way through downtown Dayton. Slate got off the highway at Wagner Ford Road.
Moments later, he turned off onto a gravel, tree-lined road leading to a secluded dump site.
“I lost sight of him,” one officer said.
“Looks like driver and passenger have fled.”
A police K-9 tracked Slate and the woman he was with to a house in Harrison Twp., where they took him into custody following a 10-hour standoff.
The decision to pursue Slate was made in part because he struck a cruiser, police said.
“That’s going to change the game for us as far as what we’re going to do, what we're allowed to do,” Kettering police spokesman Joe Ferrell said.
Kettering police said they expect to file several serious charges.
A man who lives right next to the home where the standoff took place said the neighborhood is relieved, and feels safer.
“Man, that guy was something. He was something else, he was stealing from everybody and anyone he didn’t steal from, he owed money to,” Gordon Rourke said.
Slate had been held in the Kettering Jail but was transferred at 7 p.m. Thursday to the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton. Kettering officers said he had an outstanding felony warrant even before they approached him. He appeared in court Thursday for arraignment on that drug possession charge.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning in Kettering Municipal Court on charges stemming from Tuesday’s incidents, including two counts of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and single counts of inducing panic, receiving stolen property and theft, all felony charges, online jail records show.
Slate’s criminal record shows prior arrests not just in Ohio, but also in Virginia and Tennessee.