Friday, April 6, 2012

Ravenna, OH: Ravenna police chase ends in crash that kills domestic violence suspect

A 32-year-old Diamond, Ohio, man led police on a chase and was killed in a crash after officers tried to arrest him on suspicion of domestic violence.

According to Capt. Dave Rarrick, David Johnson's injured wife arrived at the police station at 9:38 p.m. and said she had been assaulted and threatened by her husband.

"Officers determined an arrest of the husband was to be made for domestic violence," Rarrick said.

Patrol officers were given a description of Johnson's Chevrolet pickup, and an officer saw it near South Chestnut Street and Lake Avenue.

The officer turned on his lights and siren to stop the truck. It pulled into a parking lot, then drove off before the officer could speak to the driver, Rarrick said.

The officer followed the truck to Cableline Road, east of Ohio 14, where Johnson went around a “Road closed” sign, sped east on Cableline and crashed through a guardrail posted with another “Road closed” sign.

The truck struck a culvert where the road had washed out. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.

State troopers are investigating the crash.

Diamond is about 10 miles southeast of Ravenna in Portage County.

Further information is not yet available.

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