Tuesday, August 07, 2001

Man leads Ky. cops on chase

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A man wanted on auto theft charges hit a police vehicle and pushed a female passenger out of a stolen truck early Monday during a police chase through Campbell and Kenton counties, police said.

        The pursuit ended when the man drove into a police station garage and surrendered.

        Police said Mark Price, 35, of Altamont Road in Cov ington faces charges in Campbell County of receiving stolen property, wanton endangerment for backing into the police cruiser, and assault for pushing Susan Harmon from the truck. He also faces charges in Covington, and police said he has outstanding warrants for auto theft in Kenton County and Ohio.

        Ms. Harmon, 51, of Rus sellville, had accepted a ride from Mr. Price, the son of an acquaintance, early Monday, police said. She is in serious condition at University Hospital.

        Assistant Campbell County Police Chief Keith Hill said the incident began about 2:20 a.m., when a man and a woman in a pickup truck drove away from the Shell service station on Ky. 9 (AA Highway) in Wilder without paying for gas.

        Campbell County Officer Ron Ratliff spotted the truck, which was reported stolen in Cincinnati, at Licking Pike and Pond Run Road and turned on his emergency lights. The driver put the truck in reverse, slammed into the front of the cruiser, disabling it, and drove off.

        A Campbell County police officer spotted Ms. Harmon lying beside Pond Run Road. Ms. Harmon suffered multiple injuries and was taken by Air Care helicopter to University Hospital.

        Police found the stolen pick-up abandoned on Pond Run Road, but learned that another pickup truck had been stolen from a nearby home. That truck, with the name of an electrical con tractor on the side, was spotted by Cold Spring police officers at another Shell station, in Alexandria, and another chase began.

        Officers followed the truck north on U.S. 27 and north on I-471. The truck then turned off on Ky. 8 in Newport and headed for Covington, Asst. Chief Hill said.

        “(The suspect) drove to the Kenton County building and right into the police garage, where he surrendered.”


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