Sunday, June 09, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Two-state car chase ends after rammings

        FLORENCE — A Price Hill man allegedly led police on a car chase early Saturday that reached speeds of 100 mph across two states and is blamed for causing two wrecks.

        Frederick Sanders Jr., 24, of the 300 block of Rosemont Avenue was being held Saturday at the Hamilton County jail without bond.

        In Ohio, he is charged with receiving stolen property, driving on a suspended license and a probation violation. In Kentucky, he is charged with assault, wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property and fleeing and evading police.

        The chase started at 12:27 a.m. in Florence when police said they spotted Mr. Sanders driving a stolen 1983 gray Honda Accord. Police said Mr. Sanders drove 100 mph north on Interstate 75 as he tried to outrun Kentucky police.

        He crossed the Ohio River and exited into downtown Cincinnati, where police said he rammed police cruisers and almost hit several pedestrians.

        The half-hour chase ended at Sixth Street and Eggleston Avenue when Cincinnati Police cornered the battered car.

Driver says choking caused 3-death wreck

        DRY RIDGE — A Covington woman and her daughter and grandson were killed Thursday night when a tractor-trailer crossed an Interstate 75 median after the trucker choked on coffee, a sheriff's deputy said.

        Kenneth H. Chandler, 43, an Ohio resident whose hometown could not immediately be determined, sipped coffee from his travel mug as he drove north and blacked out, Grant County Sheriff's Deputy Mitch Kotzbauer said.

        “He had the sip of coffee. He choked on the coffee. He blacked out, had the accident and then came to,” Deputy Kotzbauer said.

        The truck driver crossed the median and struck a southbound van containing five people.

        Killed were Heather McNay, 25, of Erlanger, her 10-month-old son, Evan Embry, and her mother, Norma J. Young, 58, of Covington.

        Two other passengers were badly injured. Amber Young, 15, of Covington was in serious but stable condition Saturday at University of Kentucky hospital. Brandon Perry, 16, of Cincinnati, was in critical condition at University Hospital in Cincinnati. No charges had been filed.

Man charged with abduction, robbery

        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — Police say a 38-year-old White Oak man robbed a convenience store Friday night, abducted the clerk and threatened to kill her when she refused to have sex with him.

        Mike O'Meara of the 3200 block Nandale Drive is charged with robbery and abduction of the clerk, an acquaintance, police said. He was being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center Saturday without bail.

        Mr. O'Meara allegedly robbed the United Dairy Farmers at 9167 Winton Road shortly before 8 p.m. Friday.

        He implied he had a gun, took money, made sexual advances toward the clerk and refused to let her leave the store for more than two hours, according to a police report. They left in his vehicle, from which the clerk yelled for help, and was rescued by police.

Motorcyclist hurt in collision with van

        A 38-year-old White Oak resident was in critical condition Saturday after he broadsided a van Friday evening on Madison Road in Oakley.

        Gregory Amshoff of Jessup Road was driving his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Ibsen Avenue when he hit the van traveling west on Madison Road, according to Cincinnati Police. The wreck was reported at 10:14 p.m. Friday.

        The Ford Econoline van, driven by 20-year-old Norwood resident Adam Burke, swerved off the road and struck a house on Madison Road. Mr. Burke was not injured.

Police look for man who ran after chase

        MIDDLETOWN — Police were searching Saturday for a man who avoided arrest by swimming the Great Miami River after a high-speed car chase.

        The chase began at 2:32 a.m. Saturday when Middletown Police tried to pull over a 1988 Dodge at Verity Parkway and Carmody Boulevard for reckless driving.

        The car got two flat tires after driving over spikes police placed on the road, but continued for several blocks and went over a flood levee into a field.

        The car stopped in the middle of the field and two suspects ran from officers and jumped into the river. A police officer rescued one suspect from drowning. The second suspect made it across the river where officers lost sight of him in another field. A third suspect, Jacob Easterling, 18, of the 1800 block of South Breiel Boulevard was found hiding near the car.

        Authorities said they know the identity of the suspect who got away, but they did not release his name.

        Police said the car was stolen and charges are pending.


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