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Man strikes homeowner after driving into living room, police say

Posted at 8:54 AM, Jan 04, 2018

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A suspect's high-speed, vehicular evasion of Springfield Township police ended Tuesday when he crashed his car into a home and struck the homeowner, according to a news release. 

Police specified that the encounter with Chaz Henry Tuesday morning was not a police chase or "active pursuit." Henry was eventually charged with aggravated vehicular assault, domestic violence, driving while under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

Police were originally dispatched to a home on Birchridge Drive with reports of a man trying to break down a door, Springfield Township Police Sgt. Ben Huxel said. After police spoke to the victim, officers decided to charge Henry with domestic violence.

Henry drove away from the scene before police arrived, Huxel said, and officers located his car on Roosevelt Avenue. 

Huxel said "officers were never in an active pursuit with Mr. Henry." However, Henry "accelerated at a high rate of speed" and "ran the red light at Hamilton Avenue," Huxel said.

Henry eventually crashed into a home on Pippin Road in Colerain Township, Huxel said. When he crashed, Henry struck the homeowner, who was sitting in the living room.

The homeowner suffered non-life threatening injuries, Huxel said.

Anyone with additional information on the crash should call Springfield Township Police Department at 513-729-1300.