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Overnight police chase ends in multiple crashes

A police chase ended in multiple crashes overnight between Thursday and Friday on the Route 7 and I-470 on-ramp.

A police chase ended in multiple crashes overnight between Thursday and Friday on the Route 7 and I-470 on-ramp.

Four police cruisers involved in the pursuit were struck, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk says it began when a Bellaire Police officer attempted to stop a vehicle with no tail lights in the 3600 block of Noble Street.

A pursuit began through village streets before the suspect got onto Route 7, where one of his tires flattened after he hit road spikes set out by the State Patrol.

The suspect continued on, where he struck two Bridgeport cruisers at the Route 7 and I-470 on-ramp before he was finally taken into custody at the scene.

39-year-old William Thomas is currently in jail and was arrested on 10 charges. Four counts of aggravated vehicular assault, resisting arrest, hit skip and OVI are just a few of the offenses.

"If an officer activates his overhead lights or siren, that means pull over,” Kovalyk said. “If it’s a traffic violation, it can always be taken care of in court rather than putting people in danger."

No officers were seriously injured.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is the investigating agency in this incident. The Belmont County Sheriff's Office, Bridgeport and Martins Ferry Police Departments were also involved in the pursuit.

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