Driver hits RTA bus, keeps going

Chase ends in Moraine (WDTN photo)

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – A man accused of leading police on a slow-speed chase after hitting a bus is facing several charges.

Brett Rutledge (Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
Brett Rutledge
(Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

According to jail records, the suspect is Brett Rutledge, 36.

Police tell 2 NEWS Rutledge rear-ended bus in front of Kroger on Springboro Pike near Alex Bell Rd. in Miami Township just after midnight.

He kept going despite heavy damage to his car, turning onto Main Street and crossing into Moraine.

Because he was not going very fast and there was not much traffic, police pursued him.

They put out stop sticks on S. Gettysburg Ave, but the car kept going. It ended up crashing nearby at the intersection of Guthrie Rd.

Moraine Sgt. Mike Keegan said the chase topped out at 50 miles per hour. He also said it’s surprising Rutledge was able to make it as far as he did in the damaged car.

“He stayed in fairly good control. He couldn’t stay in his lane very well with the one rim going down,” Keegan said.

Keegan said there was a strong smell of alcohol on Rutledge, who will likely be charged with OVI and fleeing. In a bit of irony, Keegan said Rutledge appears to work for RTA.

He also said there were a few other cars on the road during the chase, and that all the drivers did the right thing by moving out of the way.

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