OSHP pursues ‘highly intoxicated’ woman from Dayton to Columbus

A 23-year-old Dayton woman is accused of driving more than 100 mph on Interstate 70 in a New Year’s Day chase involving multiple troopers from Dayton to Columbus.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a trooper in Dayton tried to stop Cierra C. Smith for speeding just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on I-70 East. Troopers chased her for eight miles before stopping it because of the speeds, our media partner 10tv.com reported.

According to court records, the chase “was in excess of 100 mph.”

Troopers in Clark County then saw Smith’s car on I-70, but did not pursue her. Madison County troopers were notified and put out tire deflation devices. Smith hit them, but still did not stop, OSHP told the station.

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However, Smith was traveling slower after hitting the tire deflation devices and troopers were able to use a “pit maneuver” to stop her on I-70 East near Wilson Road in Franklin County.

No one was hurt during the chase but a couple cruisers were damaged during the pit maneuver.

OSHP said during the chase, Smith threw a 9mm handgun out the window, which troopers later found, 10tv reported.

Troopers said she was “highly intoxicated” and was taken to a hospital for evaluation before she was booked into the Franklin County Jail on suspicion of OVI, fleeing and eluding and tampering with evidence. Additional charges are possible against Smith, who is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, the station reported.

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