OSHP chase ends near Blanchester with one arrest

By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com



BLANCHESTER — A Hamilton man who led Ohio troopers on a vehicle pursuit Saturday night is now behind bars.

Sgt. Jeremy Grillot of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Wilmington Post said troopers were stopping Jerry Harner, 25, in Highland County around Underground Road near Leesburg.

Originally Harner was being pulled over for having no front license plate. He was also not wearing a seat belt, had a broken brake light out, and didn’t have a driver’s license, according to Grillot.

“The vehicle was actually registered as stolen,” said Grillot. “The suspect also had an active felony warrant through Clinton County” for possession of drugs.

According to Grillot, the suspect pulled out and drove away from the trooper who pulled him over. The pursuit lasted for about 30 miles and ended just south of Blanchester.

Harner was eventually apprehended after officials managed to box in his car on the road when he eventually slowed down.

Harner attempted to get around the troopers’ vehicles by driving into a ditch, but in the process, he struck the right front side of a vehicle that had stopped upon seeing the pursuit, according to the OSHP.

Blanchester police were also involved in the pursuit, Grillot said.

Harner was arrested and taken to the Clinton County Jail without further incident. No injuries were reported, Grillot said.

According to Grillot, Harner now faces a “laundry list” of traffic violation as well as failure to comply, and receiving stolen property.


By John Hamilton


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