Dash Cam Catches Wild Chase in Oakwood

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A wild pursuit on local streets as police try to catch a driver who drove the wrong way on the interstate, then rammed another vehicle.

"He was on 271 heading north, we were heading north, he was heading south. He headed the wrong way on the freeway," said a driver in a call to 911.

Stunned drivers on Interstate 271 in Oakwood called for help when they saw a Dodge Ram pickup traveling the wrong way around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Oakwood police began to track down the driver, who took the Forbes Road exit.

They identified him as 29-year-old Joseph Hahn of Mantua.

Before officers could catch up to him, he clipped the back of a van, got into an argument with the driver and took off.

The driver of the van followed, but police said Hahn slammed on the brakes, forcing the van to slam into the back of him.

The officer passed the suspect's van, not realizing it, then encountered the victims in the van, who alerted the officer to the pickup.

The officer chased the pickup on Richmond Road.

"He's all over the road," he can be heard saying on police dispatch audio.

Officers continued to pursue the pickup, until it crashed at Richmond and Shepherd Roads in Macedonia.

Oakwood police said Hahn crashed through a fence, knocked down concrete barriers and struck a water pump station.

"The male was found slumped over in the seat, they could see he was bleeding and immediately called for a squad," said Oakwood Village police chief Mark Garratt.

Chief Garratt said he appreciates the help from the people in the van, but he reminded people in similar situations to keep their distance.

"It's nice for them to try to stay with them at least to stay in visual contact, but obviously they were way too close and they were putting themselves in harm's way at that point," Garratt said.

Police said Hahn was combative with paramedics and even tried to escape from the ambulance at University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center.

They said he also got into an altercation with Bedford police.

He is being held in the Bedford city jail.

Hahn's charges include reckless operation, fleeing and eluding, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and driving under suspension, which came from a previous OVI conviction.

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