Man who led 7-county chase to be sentenced

By Glenn Battishill - [email protected]



Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail.

A North Ridgeville man who led authorities on a high-speed chase through seven counties in February will be sentenced in Delaware County Common Pleas Court on July 22 on one felony charge of failure to comply.

George Tiller, 33, entered a guilty plea to one charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, and one charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor, at a change-of-plea hearing on June 2.

He had been scheduled to stand trial on June 9 for the charges, and an additional misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle under the influence was dismissed. The second misdemeanor was dismissed as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Visiting Judge Roger B. Wilson ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 8 at 2 p.m. The hearing was later rescheduled to July 22.

Tiller was out of jail on bail Wednesday.

Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Mark Sleeper said at Tiller’s April 1 arraignment that 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.

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.

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

State 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.

Sleeper said troopers smelled alcohol on Tiller at the time of his arrest but Tiller refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

Tiller’s attorney, Christine Russo, said at the arraignment that since his January arrest, Tiller has been involved in Alcoholics Anonymous.

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.

Tiller Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail.

By Glenn Battishill

[email protected]

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

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