LEBANON, Ohio -- A Loveland woman convicted of leading police on a dangerous high speed chase will never have a driver’s license again.
Benji Brown, 43, from Loveland, was sentenced Thursday after going 125 mph at times during a 23-mile pursuit through Lebanon and Mason on May 19. She was found sleeping in a stolen 2012 Dodge Caravan on Interstate 71 when the chase began.
While she was driving through Mason, an officer trying to put down stop sticks was cut on his arm and hand when the stop sticks caught on her vehicle, not the tires. He was treated at Arrow Springs Hospital and released.
The pursuit ended when she crashed into an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser on I-71 near Kings Island. A trooper sustained minor injuries to his right hand and forearms as a result of the crash. He was treated at the scene and was not transported.
Brown was convicted of felonious assault on a police officer and failure to comply with the order of a police officer and sentenced to six years in prison.
In addition to her prison sentence, Brown was ordered to pay $25,313 in restitution and had her driving privileges suspended permanently.
“Unfortunately, this is another example of how drivers who run from the police put law enforcement officers and the public in great danger,” said Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell. “Our office will continue to prosecute these cases aggressively.”