Driver in stolen semi swerved to hit multiple police cruisers, chief says

Posted at 12:16 PM, Aug 17, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. -- The man who stole a semi and loaded it with stolen equipment before leading police on an early-morning chase swerved to hit multiple police cruisers, police said Friday.

Harold Glenn Snow, 28, is facing four charges of attempted murder, as well as charges of fleeing or evading, receiving stolen property over $10,000, burglary and criminal mischief, Campbell County Police Chief Craig Patrick Sorrell said.

"I can't get into his mind to know if he wanted to kill a cop or not, but he was sure trying plenty hard," Sorrell said.

It was Snow who led police on a chase through parts of Northern Kentucky and Ohio after stealing a semi from a Sharonville business early on Aug. 7, according to Sorrell. He said Snow first drove to Amelia and loaded the trailer with stolen equipment worth more than $80,000 before the trucking company used GPS to alert authorities to the stolen truck's location.

During the subsequent chase, Snow swerved across multiple lanes to hit police cruisers two times. Police said they would not release dash camera or body camera video of the incident due to pending prosecution, but Sorrell said the video "is quite shocking."

"You see him plow into the barricade," he said. "The truck goes up partially off its wheels, chunks of concrete broke out of the barricade where he struck."

As the chase continued on U.S. Route 27 in Campbell County, Snow swerved again to hit another police cruiser, but the officer accelerated to avoid being hit, Sorrell said. The semi went into the left emergency strip, where it then hit another cruiser. The officer there had to dive into the highway median to avoid being hit.

"Had [the officer] not taken the steps and fled into the median, he surely would have been plowed over," Sorrell said.

Snow ran off then and managed to elude police searching with K-9s and a helicopter. But Sorrell said investigators found a cellphone left in the semi and identified Snow as their suspect. 

Treasury authorities in Ohio spotted Snow and alerted Campbell County police, Sorrell said. Snow was arrested and is being held in the Butler County Jail pending extradition. 

Snow also has an outstanding warrant out of Lincoln County, Kentucky.