Motorist arrested following chase with deputy

Published 10:20 am Thursday, February 23, 2012

CHESAPEAKE — A Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy was treated and released at a local hospital following a motor vehicle crash in pursuit of a motorist.

About 11:30 p.m. Wednesday the deputy was traveling on U.S. 52, when a vehicle went left of center and almost caused the deputy to wreck, according to Sheriff Jeff Lawless.

“The officer signaled for the car to stop and the car refused,” Lawless said. “The officer pursued him onto County Road 15.”

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The chase lasted for about eight minutes.

“The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined in and assisted with stop sticks to flatten the tires,” Lawless said. “(The motorist) saw them and goes to turn to avoid those.”

In an effort to stop the motorist, the deputy crashed the cruiser.

James Costello, 30, of 228 A Township Road 1430, South Point, was arrested at the scene and charged with fleeing and eluding, not having an operator’s license, failure to drive within marked lane and reckless operation.

As of Thursday morning Costello remained in the Lawrence County Jail.

The deputy’s name is currently not being released.