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2 facing charges in police chase connected to Trotwood homicide

Dustin A. Hatfield Sr, left, and William J. Denny. Photo courtesy Hamilton County Jail
Dustin A. Hatfield Sr, left, and William J. Denny. Photo courtesy Hamilton County Jail

Two men connected to a Trotwood homicide are facing charges following a multi-county police chase that ended in Cincinnati Saturday.

The driver, William J. Denny II, 34, was charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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Dustin A. Hatfield Sr., 27, a passenger in the vehicle, is facing tampering with evidence and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

Neither are facing charges connected to the Trotwood homicide at this time.

Both are being held in the Hamilton County Jail.

Saturday around 10:30 a.m., Miamisburg police found a 2001 Mercury GMQ believed to be driven by two suspects — later identified as Denny and Hatfield — connected to a Trotwood homicide.

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Police started a chase,  with Ohio State High Patrol troopers intervening on I-75 south near Franklin Twp.

As the chase neared Cincinnati, troopers used stop sticks, which deflated the car’s tires.

The chase continue, with suspects throwing items from the car, according to OSHP.

Shortly after, Denny lost control of the car and crashed into a median at exit 1A.

Denny and Hatfield sustained non-life-threatening injuries from the crash and were taken into custody.

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OSHP is investigating the chase and Trotwood police are investigating the homicide.

We have reached out to Trotwood police and are working to learn more about the homicide.