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Trooper makes ‘intentional contact’ with wrong-way driver, ends pursuit on I-71

Posted at 7:39 AM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 16:17:47-04

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — An Ohio state trooper made "intentional contact" with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 71 after a pursuit Tuesday morning, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The trooper checked the driver going 96 miles per hour on northbound I-71 near mile marker 22 at about 3 a.m., authorities said. The trooper tried to stop the driver, and a pursuit ensued when the driver continued northbound.

The pursuit continued to Exit 25, Kings Mills Road, where it entered I-71 again. The trooper made contact with the driver’s car twice, ending the pursuit.

Authorities identified the suspect as 29-year-old Michael L. Cooke, of Middletown. Cooke was taken into custody without incident and transported to Bethesda Arrow Springs.

Cooke is being held in the Warren County Jail.

Drugs are suspected to be a factor, and the incident is under investigation.