Man hits deputy’s car during high-speed chase in Ohio

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (WCMH) — A man led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed, multi-county chase through highways and city streets on Friday afternoon.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report that someone with active warrants was traveling north on US 62 in a Silver Chevrolet Suburban at approximately 12:20 p.m. A deputy observed the vehicle on the US 62 near Rowe Ging Road and began his pursuit. The deputy briefly lost sight of the vehicle but found it parked in a church parking lot on Jamison Road at Washington Court House.

Inside the vehicle were Cory Rutter, 41, and a 29-year-old woman, both of Grove City. After learning he had a Franklin County theft warrant for his arrest, Rutter fled the scene, nearly hitting the deputy and a sergeant.

Rutter sped over 100 miles per hour, the sheriff’s office said, traveling on Jamison Road toward Old US 25 and SR 435. He struck the deputy’s cruiser at the intersection of SR 435 and the Interstate-71, disabling the cruiser.

Rutter then continued west on SR 435 to Greene County, where he crossed the median eastbound on SR435 before heading north on I-71, passing through Madison and Pickaway to Franklin County. Upon entering Franklin County, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol joined in the pursuit.

Rutter took the Greenlawn Avenue exit, driving through Columbus until a Franklin County Sheriff’s cruiser was able to stop Rutter’s vehicle. Rutter and the woman were arrested, but investigators determined the woman was not an active participant and released her.

Rutter was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer and disobeying the orders of a peace officer, two felonies. Other charges may follow. He is being held in Fayette County Jail awaiting a bail hearing.


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