Hamilton police accuse driver of ramming two cruisers during pursuit

Driver identified as Emery Herzig

HAMILTON, Ohio -- A 21-year-old man faces several charges after officers said he rammed a police cruiser during a chase.

The incident started at 7:06 p.m. Thursday when police said they tried to stop a vehicle that was operating erratically and nearly hit several oncoming vehicles.

When police signaled the driver to stop near Main and F streets, officers said he pulled to the side of the road and then took off as an officer exited his vehicle.

During the pursuit, police deployed stop sticks and even though some of his tires deflated, officers said the driver refused to stop.

Police said the driver did a U-turn while heading west on High Street and went across the Great Miami River heading toward the city limits. The Butler County Sheriff's Office deployed stop sticks a second time, deflating the remainder of the vehicle's tires.

The driver continued west on Main Street before doing another U-turn and went east on Main and High streets, police said. He eventually turned south at state Route 4.

Officers said a Hamilton police cruiser was blocked the intersection at Laurel Avenue to protect traffic and the driver intentionally hit the cruiser.

Officials said the driver continued south on Route 4 into Fairfield where Fairfield police joined the pursuit.

The man eventually turned into the parking lot of Performance Honda and rammed another Hamilton cruiser that was trying to block the exit.

Police said the vehicle eventually came to rest in the middle of Route 4. Officers said the chase never exceeded 45 to 50 mph.

The driver was identified as 21-year-old Emery Herzig, of Hamilton. He faces charges in Hamilton including fleeing and eluding a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless operation. Officials said more charges may be filed by the Butler County Sheriff's Office and Fairfield police.

Police said Herzig is hospitalized at Mercy Fairfield Hospital for evaluation for medical conditions that are "not a result of any aspect of the pursuit."

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