Suspected drunk driver leads police on pursuit; truck bursts into flames

Huber Heights police chase caught on video. (WDTN Photo)
Huber Heights police chase caught on video. (WDTN Photo)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) — A man is lucky to be alive after he fled from Huber Heights police in his truck only to be saved by those very officers when he crashed minutes later.

A suspected drunk driver leads police on a chase before he crashes his vehicle and it bursts into flames.

Police stopped a silver Dodge Ram on Brandt Pike just north of Fishburg Road after 1 a.m. Sunday for a speeding violation. Police reported the driver was going 62 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer obtained the driver’s license and observed signs of intoxication and requested another unit.

Police said when they approached the truck a second time to give the driver a field sobriety test, the driver refused and sped away.

A chase ensued. The pursuit ended on Fishburg Road west of Endicott Road when the truck veered off the road, struck a guardrail, went airborne, and landed in the woods.

The vehicle burst into flames.

Crews searched the wooded area for the ejected driver and pulled him to safety. The 44-year-old driver was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with serious injuries.

The incident remains under investigation. The driver’s name will not be released until formal charges have been filed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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