Fleeing driver hits police cruiser, goes wrong way on I-75, runs

A Monday night chase through southern Montgomery County involved a wrong-way driver, a police cruiser being hit and a burglary suspect fleeing in Miami Twp., police said.

The suspect fled after a manhunt involving police from Springboro, Miamisburg, Miami Twp. and Washington Twp. Burglary charges are pending and the investigation continues, police said. It could not be determined Tuesday if a suspect was in custody.

A Middletown driver’s car struck a police cruiser on Ohio 725 approaching the on ramp to Interstate 75 just before 6:30 p.m. Monday, according Miami Twp. Police Department records.

According to police records, Larry Greth, 56, of Middletown was driving east on Ohio 725 fleeing police when his Pontiac Sunbird hit an eastbound cruiser driven by Miami Twp. Officer Jordan West. Police said there were no injuries.

The car then fled the scene, according to Miami Twp. police records.

Law enforcement officers partially shut down I-75 north as they searched near Lexis Nexis corporate offices, where the suspect’s car crashed in the grass median along the interstate near the data research company in Miami Twp., according to witnesses.

The suspect ran from the Pontiac after crashing in the median just after 6:30 p.m. and a K-9 unit was called to the scene, witnesses said.

At one point the pursuit continued on Mad River Road, headed toward Ohio 725 and 741. From there, the pursued driver went onto the interstate in the wrong direction before turning around to head north on the interstate until the crash.

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