Dash Cam Captures Police Chase That Ended In Resident’s Front Yard


UPDATED: Friday January 18, 2013 8:50 AM

Police said a driver who led officers on a chase tried to make a run for it even after he bailed from his car.

Police said the chase, which occurred early Sunday morning, began as a routine traffic stop.

A man pulled over after hearing police sirens but then took off. Police said that they tried to stop the driver because he did not have his headlights on.

Sgt. Ronald Meyers with the Chillicothe police department said the officer who pulled Arledge over had to jump back to avoid being sideswiped when the man took off.

“If you look at this, you can see the tire tracks, and they start going like this,” said Chillicothe resident Jason Smith, who witnessed the chase.

Smith said the aftermath of the chase ended in his front yard. Tire tracks stretched nearly 100 yards from the street.

“The car just kept going, and you can see that fence back there, and he stopped two feet short of that fence,” Smith said.

Police said that dash camera shows a man, later identified as Jeremy Arledge, hopping over the fence.

“When I looked out to see what was going on, I saw like six police cars going right through my yard,” Smith said.

Investigators said Arledge tried to outrun officers, but they arrested him a short time later.

Smith said it was not the first time drivers mistook his yard for a street.

The resident said he hoped security changes would prevent more damage to his property.

“I’m just looking at getting some security cameras and maybe putting a fence right here,” Smith said.

Police said Arledge would face charges including OVI and driving with a suspended license.

The passenger in his vehicle was cited for having an open containing of alcohol.

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