Man leads police on high speed chase, swims across river before arrest

Police arrest a man after he led officers on a high speed chase from Huber Heights to Dayton.

DAYTON (WDTN) — A man was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase and swimming across the Great Miami River in an effort to get away from authorities.

Mugshot of Brian Horst (Photo by: Montgomery Co. Jail)
Mugshot of Brian Horst (Photo by: Montgomery Co. Jail)

Brian Horst, 42, was arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail following a police chase.

Police say the chase started in Huber Heights when officers tried to pull over a car with fake plates. Officers believed the car had just left a known drug area.

Horst fled from police near the intersection of Kitridge and SR-201. Police chased the vehicle into Dayton, losing it briefly, before finding it again near the Webster Street bridge.

According to police — Horst drove to the banks of the Great Miami River, then ran from police, and swam across the river before being taken into custody.

Horst was taken to a hospital for treatment before being released and taken by police to the Montgomery County Jail.

Horst had a warrant for his arrest on a probation violation, linked to a drug charge. He also had a suspended license. 2 NEWS has found Horst has an extensive criminal record dating back to 2000.

Police say additional charges are pending, stemming from the chase.

A woman was also in the car during the chase. She was also taken to a hospital for treatment. 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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