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OSHP: Driver hits officer before leading authorities on multi-state chase

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Posted at 7:51 AM, Feb 26, 2021

A driver hit an Alexandria, Kentucky, police officer before leading authorities on a chase through Hamilton and Clermont counties, according to Lt. Robert M. Hayslip with Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The chase started after someone had reported the driver, Chelsea Knipper, as a suspicious person parked in a parking lot. When police officers arrived, Knipper hit an officer and drove away, Hayslip said. The officer sustained minor injuries.

Troppers joined the pursuit on Interstate 275 in Union Township, where Knipper was driving up to 125 mph across three lanes of traffic.

Authorities deployed stop sticks as Knipper drove into Hamilton County. Hayslip said the stop sticks were deployed properly, but Knipper was able to continue driving.

Knipper got off on the Montgomery Road exit, drove southbound into a parking lot, and began driving northbound on Montgomery Road. Authorities were able to stop her when she drove into another parking lot.

Knipper was treated for minor injuries before being held at the Clermont County Jail. Knipper had “active arrest warrants,” though it is not clear what the warrants were for. Hayslip said she was under the influence when she was arrested .