Loveland woman sentenced for chase that injured 2 officers
LEBANON, OH (FOX19) -
A Loveland woman was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday for leading troopers on a 23-mile pursuit and crashing into a police cruiser in Warren County.
Benjie Brown, 43, was found sleeping in a stolen mini-van in the I-71 rest area in Warren County by Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) troopers in May 2013. When troopers investigated, Brown fled southbound on I-71.
She then exited the highway onto State Route 123, went through Lebanon, continued onto State Route 48 and eventually got back onto I-71.
Authorities said Brown avoided stop sticks during the pursuit, and slightly injured a Mason police officer in the process. He was taken to the hospital for injuries to his left arm and later released.
Just south of Kings Island on southbound I-71, she collided with an OSHP cruiser. The impact caused the cruiser to crash into a concrete barrier. Police said speeds exceeded 125 miles per hour during the chase.
The trooper had minor injuries and was treated at the
Brown was convicted of felonious assault on a police officer and failure to comply with the order of a police officer.
In addition to six years in prison, Brown was ordered to pay $25,313 in restitution. Her driving privileges were also suspended for life.