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Sugarcreek man arrested after weekend high-speed chase

| November 7, 2023

DOVER – A 22-year-old Sugarcreek man started the week in jail after allegedly leading a State Highway Patrol officer on a high-speed pursuit through New Philadelphia and Dover over the weekend.

Sgt. Brian Hawkins says Benjamin Yoder fled in his F150 truck when an officer tried to pull him over for driving left of center on state Route 39 around 2 a.m. Sunday. The chase lasted less than 10 minutes, but it went on Red Hill Road, West High Avenue, Stone Creek Road, 77 North into Dover, Slingluff Avenue, and North Crater Avenue.

The truck eventually crashed into a tree on McMillan Avenue near East 18th Street in Dover, but the driver was not hurt. Police apprehended him after a short foot chase.

Hawkins says speeds reached 100 miles per hour as the suspect ran through stop signs and red lights.

“It very well could have been dangerous,” Hawkins said. “Fortunately, nobody was injured and the suspect was caught.”

New Philadelphia Municipal Court records show Yoder is charged with felony fleeing and eluding and OVI. Records show he was released on his own recognizance. Hawkins expects an indictment.

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