A North Ridgeville man who led authorities on a high-speed chase through seven counties in February was sentenced to 90 days in jail Monday afternoon and ordered to be placed on probation for three years.
George Tiller, 33, appeared in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Monday afternoon to be sentenced for 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.
Visiting Judge Joseph Timothy Campbell, a retired Greene County common pleas judge, presided over the hearing and asked Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Mark Sleeper for some details on the case.
Sleeper told Campbell that on Jan. 31 at about 1 a.m. Tiller was seen speeding near a park on the outskirts of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County. Sleeper said police attempted to pull Tiller over but he refused and instead made his way to Interstate 71 and headed south.
Sleeper said the chase continued for an hour and covered seven counties before Tiller crashed in Delaware County. Sleeper said no one was hurt in the crash but added that Tiller traveled more than 100 mph for much of the chase.
Sleeper said that, after the chase, police learned Tiller was intoxicated and had a blood-alcohol level of .213, more than double Ohio’s legal limit of .08.
Tiller’s attorney, Christine Russo, said that Tiller has undergone treatment and has been attending regular AA meetings.
Before rendering a sentence, Campbell asked Tiller if there was anything he wanted to say to the court.
“I am sorry,” Tiller said. “I realize there’s a problem with alcohol in the past. … I will not touch alcohol probably for the rest of my life. I’m trying to make a change.”
Tiller added that he was sorry that he started the chase and endangered the lives of officers.
After hearing from Sleeper, Russo and Tiller, Campbell sentenced Tiller to serve 90 days in jail for the felony charge and 30 days for the misdemeanor but specified that they will run concurrent. He also ordered that Tiller be placed on probation for three years and suspended his license for seven years.
Campbell said a condition of probation is not consuming alcohol. He urged Tiller to avoid alcohol for the rest of his life.
Tiller was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,675 and report to the Delaware County Jail to begin serving his sentence.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.