Suspect who stole semi, led police on chase in custody

A suspect who stole a semi truck deliberately tried to hit civilian and police cars.A suspect who stole a semi truck deliberately tried to hit civilian and police cars.

The Campbell County Police Department confirmed an unidentified male suspect is in custody, on unrelated charges, after they stole a semi-truck from a trucking company in Sharonville, Ohio, and took police on a more than 100-mile chase to the Alexandria, Kentucky area along U.S. 27.

However, the department is not releasing the suspect’s identity or additional details on the investigation and arrest.

The incident occurred Aug. 7 and the suspect escaped on foot. Police announced on Aug. 15 that the suspect was in custody outside of Campbell County on unrelated charges. It is unclear how long the suspect was on the run and when the arrest was made.

The semi was stolen from AC Trucking & Warehousing in Sharonville in the early morning. The manager was able to track the truck via GPS, and the police chase ensued.

At one point during the incident, the truck thief took the stolen truck to a John Deere dealer in Pierce Township and loaded it up with five pieces of equipment with a value of $80,000.

In a media release, police said the subject deliberately attempted to hit civilian and police cars. The suspect intentionally swerved across the median into the northbound lane of U.S. 27 and drove straight toward a police vehicle with its emergency lights on. The officer driving that police vehicle was able to avoid the crash by going across the median into oncoming traffic.

The suspect continued to drive the stolen semi into head-on traffic and plowed into a second police vehicle before coming to rest against a guardrail, and then escaping on foot. The officer in the second police vehicle was able to run toward the media and avoid being struck.