Man indicted after 7-county chase


A North Ridgeville man who led police on a high-speed chase through seven counties in January was indicted by a Delaware County grand jury Wednesday.

George Tiller, 33, was indicted on one charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first-degree misdemeanors.

An arraignment in Delaware County Common Pleas Court has been scheduled for April 1 at 10 a.m. before Judge Everett Krueger.

On Jan. 31 at about 1 a.m., police in Cuyahoga County attempted to pull Tiller over for speeding as he drove a black 2014 Ford F-150 at speeds exceeding 100 mph, troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The chase continued through Medina, Wayne, Ashland, Richland and Morrow counties until spike strips deployed by troopers eventually brought the truck to a halt on Interstate 71 near the Lewis Center Road bridge in Delaware County.

Troopers said the truck drove off the left side of the road and struck a cable median barrier.

Tiller left the truck and continued on foot briefly before being apprehended by police at about 2:15 a.m.

Troopers said Tiller sustained minor injuries in the crash and reportedly was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital to be treated before he was taken to the Delaware County Jail.

Troopers allege Tiller was intoxicated at the time of the chase.

No one was injured in the chase, deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office reported. The truck was severely damaged in the crash, troopers said. At the time of the crash, the front tires were both shredded and the truck was being driven on rims. Its rear tires were flat.

Tiller appeared in Delaware Municipal Court on Feb. 1 and entered a not-guilty plea to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless operation of a vehicle, failure to control and felony fleeing.

Judge David Sunderman set his bond at $15,000.

Tiller was released from the Delaware County Jail later that day after posting bond.


By Glenn Battishill

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

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