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

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.

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