100 MPH Pursuit Ends In One Arrested In Ashland County

  • 3/21/2019 8:51:39 AM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

ASHLAND COUNTY, OH - While sitting in the median of I-71 in the early morning hours, Trooper Cornwell of the Ashland Post of the Highway Patrol lasered a vehicle doing well above the speed limit.

What was to be a routine traffic stop quickly changed into a high-speed pursuit with felony fleeing and alluding charges.

One thing the man behind the wheel of the Dodge Cargo van didn’t know, was that Trooper Cornwell graduated at the top of his class in the academy for driving training.

Trooper Cornwell was assigned to the Ashland post right out of the academy on 11-30-2018, and started his 60 days of on the road training with another Trooper.

Less than a week after getting road cleared and starting to patrol on his own, Trooper Cornwell learned, not everyone will comply with the law.

After stopping the vehicle on I-71, Trooper Cornwell walked up to the vehicle and began to explain to the driver why he stopped him and ask for drivers License and proof of insurance. The driver seemed to be under the influence of alcohol, that’s when things quickly went downhill.

The driver drove off without fulfilling the Trooper’s request. Trooper Cornwell quickly radioed for backup as he returned to his vehicle and the high-speed pursuit was on. The driver of the white cargo van fled the scene at a speed of 100+ miles per hour, and exited the right side of the highway on to State Route 301.

Trooper Cornwell pursued after the suspect. After a ten+ minute high speed pursuit, the cargo van pulled off to the left side of the road and exited his vehicle and fled the scene on foot. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was apprehended by Troopers Hill, Peshek, and Cornwell.

No details have been released in this pursuit and all are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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