A Fairfield police officer wrestled a Hamilton man — who said he was going to UDF to get cigarettes for his girlfriend — to the ground after he fled police during a short car chase.
Kenneth Robert Ramsey, 34, was allegedly speeding just before 3 a.m. May 31 on Wessel Drive heading toward the Fairfield YMCA.
“The vehicle was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed,” according to a police report that estimated the car’s speed at 60 mph.
The vehicle then turned right on Bibury Road without stopping at the stop sign. Then the driver accelerated even faster, according to the report.
“I had my accelerator all the way to the floor and was still not gaining much ground on the Toyota,” according to the police report. “I estimated the vehicle was traveling at a speed of 76 MPH before the vehicle slammed on the brakes and turned east on Broadview.”
The officer had caught up to the vehicle at this time and activated his overhead lights and then shined his spotlight on the driver as he opened the door to exit the vehicle. The officer ordered Ramsey to stop, but he ran into a nearby backyard, according to the police report.
“He attempted to get into the back door of the home, but I grabbed him and told him to get down,” according to the report. “(Ramsey) refused to get on the ground.”
The officer eventually wrestled Ramsey to the ground. After the officer placed handcuffs on Ramsey, he “was yelling about seeing a supervisor and was yelling about the validity of the arrest,” according to the report.
Ramsey was transported to the Fairfield Police Department, where police said he told them he “drank a lot in the day but stopped at about 6 p.m.”
Ramsey allegedly registered a 0.228 breath test.
Ramsey was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, resisting arrest, reckless operation and driving under suspension. He also had an outstanding warrant through the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for child support.
He was then transported to the Butler County Jail.
Ramsey was found guilty in Fairfield Municipal Court on the OVI, resisting arrest and reckless operations charges. He received credit for serving seven days in jail and was placed on two years reporting probation.
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