Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Police led on I-71, 75 chase

Man wanted on felony charges

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        It took two sets of tire deflating devices, 17 miles and about 30 minutes early Tuesday for police to stop a driver wanted on several open warrants.

        Leonard Washington Sr., 35, of Price Hill, faces felony fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest and a string of traffic charges after police from several agencies said he led them on a chase shortly before 2:30 a.m. He also had outstanding felony warrants for receiving stolen property and theft as well as several misdemeanor warrants. There were no injuries, but a Hamilton County sheriff's cruiser was damaged.

        A Hamilton County sheriff's deputy stopped Mr. Washington for a license plate violation about 2:25 a.m. and saw he was wanted.

        As the officer walked toward the 1994 Geo Metro, Mr. Washington took off south onto Interstate 71, police said. Police chased him to Victory Parkway and northbound on Reading Road. Police say he then entered I-75 south at Galbraith Road where his vehicle struck a set of tire-deflating devices, but he continued to the Norwood Lateral and back north on Paddock Road.

        A second set of tire deflating devices forced Mr. Washington to drve onto south I-75 to the Norwood Lateral where his car stalled.


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