High-speed Sabina police pursuit ends in Lebanon

Items in car sent to crime lab for testing

By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@civitasmedia.com


CLINTON COUNTY — A Friday evening high-speed chase that started in Sabina and continued through Wilmington and Clinton County ended in Lebanon when the vehicle reportedly spun out in front of an SPD cruiser, clipping it, according to law enforcement.

The suspect is Kevin Dwayne Korleon Artis, 25, of Dayton, who afterward was incarcerated at the Clinton County Jail on a felony charge of failing to comply with a police signal or order.

Artis received reported minor injuries and was transported to a hospital where he was cleared for incarceration, said Sabina Police Chief Keynon Young.

A traffic violation in Sabina prompted village police to attempt a vehicle stop on Elm Street in town, according to the incident report, but Artis reportedly took off in the 2011 Dodge Charger he was driving.

In the pursuit, speeds reportedly surpassed 90 mph, Young said quoting the report.

The chase went through Wilmington about 7 p.m. Friday, according to WPD Sgt. Bob Martin.

Among the roadways taken in the pursuit were State Route 73, Interstate 71, and routes 48 and 123, Young said.

According to the SPD incident report, a tractor-trailer was run off the road in the area of the Route 73 Grill near the I-71 and SR 73 interchange in Clinton County. Artis’ vehicle allegedly traveled left of center multiple times, stated the SPD report.

The pursuit ended at SR 48 and SR 123 in Lebanon on Friday night.

Items found in Artis’ vehicle are being forwarded to a crime lab for testing, and there may be possible drug charges stemming from that, said Young.

“Given the circumstances, the officer did a fine job,” the police chief said Monday morning.

There is reported front-end damage to the police cruiser, and rear bumper damage to Artis’ vehicle.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Wilmington post was involved in a part of the pursuit, according to post Commander, Lt. Stan Jordan.

Tom Barr contributed to this report.


Items in car sent to crime lab for testing

By Gary Huffenberger