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Driver eluding traffic stop threw gun out of car, crashed into telephone pole, sheriff's office says

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Posted at 4:22 AM, Apr 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 01:58:28-04

SILVERTON, Ohio – A driver eluding a traffic stop threw a gun out of the window then tried to flee before crashing his car into a  telephone pole and overturning it Saturday morning, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Kevin Bates, 21, was injured in the auto accident and transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies recovered a black Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun, the sheriff’s office said.

All this occurred on Plainfield Road around 10:20 a.m.

In his affidavit, Deputy Oliver Albert said he attempted to stop Bates as he drove southbound near St. James Avenue because Bates' car didn't have a front license plate and he wasn't using his seat belt. Albert said Bates braked, coasted a few feet, then threw something out of his window. Bates then sped off and crashed at 6204 Plainfield Road, Albert said.

The car went airborne and landed on its top. Bates had to be extricated by the Deer Park/Silverton Fire Department.

Another deputy discovered the gun, an M&P40 Shield, in a front yard, Albert said. The gun had no magazine and no rounds in the chamber.

Bates was charged with misdemeanor failure to comply and open container.