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Man injured, faces charges in police chase

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 12:46 PM

BURLINGTON, Ohio — A man was injured and faces several charges after his vehicle was involved in an accident following a police pursuit early Tuesday in Burlington, Ohio.

It all started with an incident at Sheridan Manor, an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Lawrence County 1 in South Point. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office described it as a domestic dispute, while the Ohio State Highway Patrol said reports indicated several vehicles had been struck at the complex.

Deputies en route to the call then spotted a white Daewoo with a driver who matched the description of a man involved with the case. They caught up to the eastbound vehicle at the 19-mile marker of U.S. 52 and initiated a traffic stop, which led to the 12:06 a.m. pursuit when the driver refused to stop, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

The deputies sought assistance moments later from the state Highway Patrol, but the chase ended with a crash before troopers could arrive.

The Sheriff's Office release states the Daewoo's driver attempted to cut through the median when he spotted other vehicles stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Charley Creek Road. The vehicle flipped and ejected its driver at 12:08 a.m., according to the release.

Emergency crews transported Jacob Edward Ball, 25, of South Point to Cabell Huntington Hospital, according to the Sheriff's Office and the state Highway Patrol. The Sheriff's Office intends to charge Ball with felony auto larceny and disrupting public service, along with misdemeanor assault, aggravated trespassing and failure to comply with orders of a police officer, according to its release.

Hospital officials listed Ball in fair condition Tuesday afternoon.

The Daewoo's driver was its sole occupant. No other injuries were reported.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating the preceding incident and pursuit, while the Highway Patrol is handling the accident investigation.

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