A Loveland woman who crashed a stolen car into an Ohio Highway Patrol cruiser and led police on a 23-mile high-speed chase that reached 120 mph - and injured two officers - Sunday morning faces multiple charges, authorities said.
Benjie Pauline Brown, 43, remained in the Warren County Jail, troopers said. She was charged with two counts of felonious assault, receiving stolen property, reckless operation, no operator’s’s license and resisting arrest, according to jail officials.
One OHP trooper was injured when his hand was smashed by the air bag on his cruiser, authorities said. He was treated at the scene. A Mason Police Department officer sustained injuries to his left arm after attempting to deploy stop sticks to stop the fleeing vehicle. He was treated and released at Arrow Springs Hospital, troopers said.
Brown was found sleeping in a 2012 Dodge Caravan in the rest area on Interstate 71 just north of Ohio 123 in Warren County, troopers said. After a check of the vehicle’s license plate revealed the van was stolen, the trooper made contact with Brown who was alone in the vehicle.
Brown allegedly drove the vehicle that was stolen in Dayton, sped off and led troopers and Warren County deputies on a high-speed pursuit with speeds of 120 mph around 7 a.m., troopers said.
The vehicle exited the highway and travelled into Lebanon during the pursuit, driving on parts of Ohio 48, Ohio 123 and Deerfield Road, according to reports. The woman eventually drove the vehicle back to I-71 and entered the southbound lanes, troopers said.
Just south of Kings Island, near mile-marker 22, the woman crashed the vehicle and struck one OHP cruiser, according to reports.
She was transported from the scene by Deerfield Twp. EMS for minor injuries sustained in the crash and was treated and released at Arrow Springs Hospital.
No alcohol or drugs are suspected to have been involved, troopers said.