Driver extracted from vehicle after slow-speed pursuit, ramming of police cars, and negotiations


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WILMINGTON —A slow-speed chase followed by long negotiations finally ended with a special response team’s extraction of the suspect driver in the early morning hours Friday.

At 12:58 a.m., officers from the Wilmington Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on North Wall Street near East Main Street.

The suspect vehicle failed to stop for officers and a slow-speed pursuit was initiated with the assistance of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, according to a news release from WPD Chief Ron Fithen.

“The suspect vehicle circled the same area numerous times before leading the officers through the parking lot of United Dairy Farmers,” stated Fithen. “Stop sticks were deployed without success. Due to the amount of pedestrians and customer vehicles in the lot, OSP troopers and Wilmington PD attempted to box the vehicle in for the safety of all involved.”

He said the suspect vehicle rammed an OSP cruiser and a Wilmington PD cruiser.

“Negotiations were attempted for several hours with the female suspect without success,” said Fithen. “The Wilmington Police Department Special Response Team was used to extract the suspect from the vehicle.”

The suspect was taken to Clinton Memorial for a mental health evaluation, said Fithen.

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