Police chase (abridged)
Notable moments as deputies chase a man through Allen, Putnam and Hancock, Ohio counties on Aug. 24, 2010., before eventually firing upon him. WARNING: Contains graphic violence. (Video courtesy of HANCOCK COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE)
Aug 30 2010Never-before-seen dash cam video of a police shooting was released today. It all happened last week when a suspect led police on a three-county chase. The pursuit started in Allen County, took police through Putnam County, and ended in Hancock County.
The Hancock County prosecutor has released a portion of the dash cam video. He says it does not depict the entire story, and there is additional evidence that will show what really occurred.
The video is from a Putnam County cruiser. Authorities say the chase lasted about an hour. They say they tried everything to stop the van, including using stop sticks, but deputies say the suspect, Scott Sprague, refused to stop. After the mini van's tires were blown out, deputies reported the suspect was traveling over 50 mph on the front rims.
The suspect was wanted on a drug trafficking warrant out of Allen County and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Eventually, it appears the suspect tried to round a sharp curve through the village of Benton Ridge when he lost control and hit a tree.
Armed sheriff deputies approached the van then backed off. Seconds later, the suspect climbs out of the driver side window and shots are fired. 8 shots were fired altogether, one hitting the suspect in the behind, One bullet also hit a nearby white van. The Hancock County sheriff's office is investigating. The deputy's involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, which is normal policy.
Sprague was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.
Once an investigation is completed, the prosecutor will present the case to a grand jury to see if the officers involved should face any charges.
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