TWINSBURG — A pursuit ended after an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper forced a Mentor man’s vehicle off the side of Ravenna Road early Tuesday morning, then drove into an electric pole, OHP said in a news release issued Tuesday afternoon.
OHP said the trooper was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Mentor resident Jason M. Zehe, 29, has been charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and marked lanes.
"The incident remains under investigation at this time and additional charges are pending," the release stated. "Ravenna Road was closed for approximately three hours due to downed power lines but has since reopened."
Twinsburg Assistant Police Chief Bob Gonsiewski said that by about 8:30 a.m., two of the road’s three lanes were reopened and traffic was flowing in both directions while the pole was being replaced in the Glenwood Drive area. FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said 108 customers in the area lost power after the crash, which was reported to FirstEnergy a little after 4 a.m.
"Our crews were able to make repairs and as of 9:30 a.m., everyone was back on," Durbin said.
OHP said the pursuit began on Interstate 480 near Miles Road in Cuyahoga County at around 3:15 a.m. when troopers tried to stop Zehe after a computer check of his license plate number showed there was a felony arrest warrant out for him.
"Zehe failed to stop and a pursuit ensued [to Twinsburg]," according to the release.
Law enforcement tried to use tire deflation devices in multiple locations and a rolling roadblock to stop Zehe, but Zehe used his vehicle to hit an OHP cruiser. Finally, on Ravenna Road, a trooper used his cruiser to force Zehe’s vehicle off the road, while the cruiser struck the pole.
Zehe got out of his vehicle and ran. Troopers and area law enforcement searched the area and found Zehe and took him into custody without further incident. Gonsiewski said a Twinsburg police K-9 took part in tracking Zehe and he believed an Oakwood K-9 also took part.
OSHP said EMS took Zehe to Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg for evaluation, then was taken to Lake County Jail.
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