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Troopers chase murder suspects down I-75 before smoky crash

Posted at 11:03 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 20:46:18-04

CINCINNATI — Two men who led law enforcement from across Ohio on a chase from the Dayton area to downtown Cincinnati were connected to a homicide investigation in Trotwood.

Court documents said William Denny III was behind the wheel of a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis on Saturday when Miamisburg police tried to pull him over around 10:30 a.m. on Elkins Avenue. Dustin Hatfield, Sr. was in the passenger seat.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers took over the chase as the pair crossed into Warren County on I-75 southbound. Dashboard camera video shows a 28-minute chase.

Watch the full video in the player below. (Content warning: explicit language)

Dash cam shows OSHP chase murder suspects

According to the video and criminal complaints, law enforcement tried multiple times to use spike strips on the sedan. In the video, you can see what appears to be both passenger side tires blow out during the chase.

But the men kept fleeing, often recklessly through traffic. At one point, video shows the car swerve at the last minute to avoid hitting a tanker truck. Minutes later, the pair drives between two vehicles, missing them by inches.

According to court documents, Hatfield threw a Samsung cell phone out the passenger side window, toward the pursuing trooper.

The chase ended with another tire blowout and Denny losing control on the off-ramp to 2nd Street. The Mercury can be seen slamming into a wall before coming to a smoking stop in the middle of the road. Both men fall out of the car with their hands above their heads as troopers swoop in.

Denny was arrested and charged with failure to order or signal of a police officer.

Hatfield was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.

Trotwood police said the two men were connected to an investigation of the murder of 41-year-old David Robinson; As of now, the pair don't face any charges in the investigation.

Both remained in the Hamilton County Justice Center on Wednesday.

Our news partners at WHIO-TV in Dayton reported that Hatfield had a prior reckless homicide conviction, for the 2011 death of his girlfriend Lori Estepp, on West Mulberry Street in Springfield.

CORRECTION: WCPO incorrectly originally reported Hatfield's prior conviction was on a murder charge. We regret the error.