High-speed chase in city ends safely

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 12, 2004

Ironton Police officers engaged in a high-speed chase across the city Thursday morning with speeds exceeding 90 mph before the suspect was arrested in his South Ironton home.

Travis W. Deerfield, 24, of 2812 S. Sixth St., was arrested on misdemeanor charges of reckless operation of a vehicle and driving under a suspended licenses and fourth-degree felony failure to comply with the signal of a police officer.

Deerfield appeared in Ironton Municipal Court at 9 a.m. today. Further nformation was not available at press time.

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The chase began at 2:19 a.m. when IPD Patrolman Shawn Rawlins saw a black 1989 Toyota Camry speeding along South Second Street without its headlights on, Capt. Jim Carey said.

Police received an earlier report that someone driving a similar vehicle had stolen gasoline from the Rich Oil station on Third and Monroe streets, Carey said.

The driver refused to stop and speeds climbed as high as 90 mph as the vehicle traveled onto Third and then Oak streets.

At Ninth and Wyanoke, the driver swerved at the police cruisers, forcing them to take evasive action to avoid a collision, Carey said.

With three Ironton police officers in pursuit, the driver proceed to go the wrong way on Sixth Street where the vehicle hit a parked car. At Sixth and Wyanoke, the driver jumped out of the vehicle and fled down an alley on foot.

Deerfield was seen leaving the vehicle and entering his South Sixth Street residence, wher he was arrested.

Officers from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office and the Coal Grove Police Department assisted in the pursuit.