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OSHP: “Highly intoxicated” woman leads troopers on chase from Dayton to Columbus

According to court records, the chase “was in excess of 100 MPH.”
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A woman is charged after the Ohio State Highway Patrol said she led troopers on a chase from Dayton to Columbus on Wednesday morning.

OSHP said a trooper in Dayton tried to stop 23-year-old Ciera Smith for speeding on I-70 just before 1:30 a.m. but she refused to stop.

Troopers chased her but the chase was stopped after about eight miles due to the speed of the chase.

According to court records, the chase “was in excess of 100 MPH.”

Troopers in Clark County then saw the vehicle on I-70, but did not try and stop it right away because the driver did not stop for troopers earlier, according to OSHP.

Madison County troopers were notified and they put down some stop sticks, which Smith hit but she still did not stop, OSHP said.

OSHP said Smith was slowed after hitting the stop sticks and troopers were able to use a pit maneuver to stop her on I-70 eastbound near Wilson Road.

OSHP said she was “highly intoxicated” and she was taken to the hospital for evaluation before being booked into the Franklin County jail.

No one was hurt during the chase. A couple cruisers were damaged during the pit maneuver.

Troopers said during the chase, she also threw a 9mm handgun out of her window which troopers later found.

Smith, who is from Dayton, is charged with fleeing and eluding a police officer, OVI, and tampering with evidence.

OSHP said additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday