The Swanton Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol was among several law enforcement posts involved in a multiple county pursuit on New Year’s Day.
The suspect, Aaron Poole, 24, of Toledo, was initially stopped by troopers for a speeding violation on US 23 in Marion County at 1:15 p.m. Shortly after being stopped, Poole fled northbound on US 23 and down several county roads, but the pursuit was terminated after troopers lost sight of him. A description of his vehicle was provided to troopers at the surrounding posts.
Shortly after 3 p.m., troopers in Wood County observed Poole’s vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 75 near the State Route 582 exit. Troopers followed the vehicle and conducted a felony traffic stop on Interstate 75 near the exit for Interstate 80 (Ohio Turnpike).
Poole stopped but refused to comply with orders or exit the vehicle, according to the Highway Patrol. Poole subsequently fled northbound and immediately exited onto the Ohio Turnpike. He struck the Turnpike gate and another vehicle as he merged onto the westbound lanes of the Turnpike. The pursuit continued westbound on the Ohio Turnpike at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. Poole exited onto US 20 (Reynolds Road), striking another Turnpike gate.
The pursuit continued southbound on US 20 into the City of Maumee and eastbound onto US 24 in the City of Toledo, according to officials. Poole drove down numerous city streets and subsequently crashed into a tree on Nelson Street in Toledo.
Poole fled on foot, flagged down a motorist, and unsuccessfully attempted to gain entry into the vehicle. Several minutes later, Poole was located and taken into custody without incident by the Toledo Police Department. He was not injured from the incident; however, he was transported by EMS to the University of Toledo Medical Center as a precaution.
The pursuit in Wood and Lucas Counties lasted 20 minutes, covering approximately 20 miles. There were no injuries to the occupants in the vehicle struck on the Ohio Turnpike, and none of the officers involved were injured as a result of this incident.
Poole was subsequently charged with felony fleeing and eluding and felonious assault. Additional charges are pending, and he was subsequently incarcerated at the Wood County Justice Center. Both crashes resulting from the incident remain under investigation.
In addition to the Swanton Post, troopers from the Toledo, Bowling Green, and Marion posts were also involved.