Seven-county chase ends in Delaware County arrest


A high-speed truck chase that started in Cleveland ended in Delaware County Sunday morning after state troopers from several counties were able to stop the truck.

Troopers from the Ashland post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Monday that at about 1 a.m. Sunday a man — later identified as George Tiller, 33, of North Ridgeville, Ohio — led authorities on a high-speed chase for more than an hour.

Troopers from the Mansfield post of the Highway Patrol told The Mansfield News Journal that officers in Cuyahoga County had tried to pull the driver over for speeding on Interstate 480.

The News Journal reported that the man was traveling south in a black 2014 F-150 as he crashed into a concrete barrier and got onto Interstate 71, traveling at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

Ashland troopers said the chase continued through Medina County, Wayne County and Ashland County.

Troopers report that in Richland County, troopers deployed stop sticks and one of Tiller’s tires was deflated but he continued into Morrow County.

Deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist in the chase and report that, in the area of the intersection between State Route 36 and I-71, Tiller crashed his truck and then fled on foot before he was quickly apprehended by state troopers.

No one was injured in the chase, deputies reported.

Troopers told the News Journal that no other cars were damaged in the chase because the highway was not busy at that time of night.

Ashland troopers said they were the lead investigators on the case and are still going over evidence from all of the different law enforcement agencies.

Tiller was in the Delaware County Jail Monday afternoon and entered not-guilty pleas in Delaware Municipal Court to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless operation of vehicle, failure to control and felony fleeing.

Judge David Sunderman set his bond at $15,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Feb. 10.


By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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