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By NEWS STAFF REPORTERS

CENTERBURG — A Danville police officer is in stable condition at OSU Medical Center after being struck by a suspect in a high speed chase that covered most of Knox County this morning.

Mount Vernon Police Department initiated a pursuit of Josh Baldridge, 18, Mount Vernon, when Baldridge failed to pull over. The MVPD officer proceeded to chase Baldridge east on Ohio 229, through Gambier on Ohio 308, east on U.S. 36 through Howard to Millwood, where Baldridge swerved to miss stop sticks striking Chad Lishness.

Lishness responded from Danville on a request to place the stop sticks. He was taken by Air-Evac to OSU.

An official with the Ohio Highway Patrol told the News, it is believed Baldridge stole a second vehicle. This vehicle was spotted on Murray Road by Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Baker where the driver appeared to be slumped over the wheel. When Baker and a second deputy approached the vehicle, it sped away. The two deputies pursued Baldridge into Centerburg where he crashed into cars parked on Main Street.

The Mount Vernon Police Department is investigating the incident.

At this time, there is no indication as to why MVPD tried to pull over Baldridge.


9:07 a.m.

MILLWOOD — A Danville police officer was injured this morning after being hit by a vehicle involved in a high speed chase that started in Mount Vernon.

According to sources on the scene, pursuit of the vehicle started in the city and followed Ohio 229, Ohio 308 and U.S. 36 through Howard and into Millwood where Officer Chad Lishness was struck near Spearman’s Restaurant where he responded to place stop sticks in an attempt to capture the suspect when he was hit.

The pursuit reached speeds near 100 miles per hour at several times, the News was told.

The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Josh Baldridge.

The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating. More details will be published as they become available.


8:47 a.m.

MILLWOOD — A Danville police officer was injured this morning after being hit by a vehicle involved in a high speed chase that started in Mount Vernon.

According to sources on the scene, pursuit of the vehicle started in the city and followed Ohio 229, Ohio 308 and U.S. 36 through Howard and into Millwood near the intersection of U.S. 36 and 62.

The Danville officer responded to the area to place stop sticks in an attempt to capture the suspect when he was hit.

The pursuit reached speeds near 100 miles per hour at several times, the News was told.

The name of the officer and the extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating. More details will be published as they become available.

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Danville officer injured in high speed pursuit through Knox County”

  1. Melody Lahmon

    sending prayers to the officer and his family

  2. Bonnie Oliver

    Sending prayers to the officer injured and his family. Sure hope they catch the person responsible for this .