MIDDLEBOURNE — A Bridgeport man accused of leading Ohio Highway Patrol troopers on a high-speed pursuit and then a foot pursuit after crashing the vehicle he was driving on Interstate 70 remained incarcerated in the Guernsey County Jail awaiting charges.
The highway patrol identified the suspect as 19-year-old Andrew D. Whisett.
A patrol sergeant said Whisett was wanted on a warrant when he opted to flee from troopers, but was not within the pickup radius set by law. No other motive for the fleeing was known as of press time Tuesday.
According to the patrol’s Cambridge post, troopers were advised Monday afternoon to be on the look out for a reckless driver traveling south on Interstate 77.
A trooper eventually caught up with Whisett eastbound on Interstate 70 and a traffic stop was initiated.
When the trooper exited his patrol cruiser and approached the vehicle on foot, Whisett allegedly sped away and continued driving east on I-70 with the trooper in pursuit.
A dispatch log at the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office said speeds during the pursuit reached 110 mph.
Whitsell eventually crashed the vehicle he was driving near mile post 193 in eastern Guernsey County. He was then pursued on foot and was taken into custody near the Quaker City exit on I-70.
A squad was requested for Whitsell and emergency responders from United Ambulance were dispatched along with first responders and firefighters from the Quaker City and Fairview volunteer fire departments. He was transported by United to Southeastern Med where he was treated in the emergency department and later released.
Guernsey County sheriff’s deputies also assisted during the pursuit.
No other injuries or accidents were reported during the incident.
No additional information was available as of press time. The incident remains under investigation by the patrol’s Cambridge post.