Seven vehicles were damaged by a driver who led state troopers on a pursuit in Springfield Saturday morning.
State troopers said the pursuit began when they attempted to stop an SUV for speeding and other traffic violations in the area of North Burnett Road and Beatrice Street around 3:50 a.m.
Sgt. Jason Cadel of the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the pursuit continued onto South Clairmont Avenue and lasted for only a few minutes with speeds staying around 15-20 mph. Cadel said when the driver accelerated to around 50 mph, he wasn’t able to control the SUV and hit several parked cars.
Six vehicles parked along South Clairmont Avenue were hit and damaged by the SUV during the brief pursuit.
The pursuit ended near the intersection of South Clairmont and Kenilworth avenues when the SUV rammed into two more parked cars.
Four of the damaged vehicles, including the SUV the man drove, suffered enough damage that required being towed from the scene.
The driver, identified as 43-year-old Charles Bateman was arrested but his list of charges was not immediately known. A woman passenger was not injured and was cooperative with investigators according to Cadel. She will not face any charges.
Cadel said alcohol was a factor and the reason Bateman didn’t stop for troopers.