Two crashes, two arrests, crazy morning for police

What started as a search for a suspect in an ongoing drug investigation led to two separate crashes, two arrests and a crazy morning for police.

Cincinnati police took a search warrant and a SWAT team to a drug trafficking suspect’s Avondale residence earlier today as part of an ongoing drug investigation, said Capt. Russ Neville.

The suspect, however, was not home.

Officers spotted him in a vehicle at Galbraith Road and Vine Street a short time later.

When they tried to pull him over, he sped off and got onto the highway.

Officers did not pursue the suspect onto the highway, Neville said.

The suspect lost control of his vehicle, crashed and struck two other vehicles before bailing. He then ran across the highway to the northbound lanes.

The man was found hiding in the area of Ross Avenue and Edgemont Road by 10 a.m. He was taken into custody without further incident. His name was not immediately available.

“He’s not your typical street-level dealer,” said Capt. Jeff Butler. “This is part of our ongoing CIRV (Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence) philosophy that we’re deploying.”

While the officers were searching for the suspect who fled from the original accident, a license plate reader registered the plates of a different wanted suspect in the 1000 block of Section Road in Roselawn.

“As soon as the officer turned on the sirens and attempted to stop, he left at a very high rate of speed, made it approximately 200 yards… and struck a telephone pole,” Butler said.

The vehicle landed on its top. Butler said the suspect would be treated for minor injuries at the hospital, ” and then he’ll be going to jail.”

“We were actually fortunate that they were both in the same immediate area, because we had a high number of officers in the area that were able to apprehend both without incident,” Butler said.

Along with training and sophisticated communication equipment, he said it was “good observation skills, good old-fashioned police work” that allowed police from different agencies at different scenes to quickly resolve the incidents.

“We’ve made two arrests for two different individuals who are wanted for felonies that are now off the streets of the City of Cincinnati.”