HAMILTON, Ohio – Authorities are searching for a man they say jumped from a moving vehicle during a police chase Wednesday in Butler County.
Deputies said they attempted to stop a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu at about 1:30 p.m. near Hancock Avenue and SR 4 in Hamilton when the car took off northbound on SR 4.
The pursuit continued onto eastbound SR 129 to southbound Bypass 4 in Fairfield Township, deputies said.
Shortly after turning onto Bypass 4, authorities said the passenger of the vehicle jumped from the car and landed in a ditch.
Deputies said they stopped the pursuit to see if the man was okay. But authorities said he got up, covered in blood, and ran from the ditch into a bean field on the west side of the roadway.
Fairfield Township emergency crews and Fairfield Township police joined Butler County deputies in searching for the man. A Hamilton County helicopter also responded in an attempt to find him in the field.
Despite search efforts, the man was not found.
“Right now, the concern is that he is laying out there injured and needs help,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said. “We will use all resources necessary to try to find him and get him medical attention.”
Deputies say they do not know why the man jumped from the vehicle, but hope to find him.
“The focus will remain on the possible injuries to the passenger at this time,” Jones said.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.