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Suspect leads cops on chase through two cities

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- A suspect wanted on drug charges with a violent criminal history leads police on a wild chase through two cities.

Police arrested Ray Johnson after chasing him through Norwood, downtown Cincinnati and the west side.  Johnson ended up crashing his SUV into a fire hydrant in Price Hill.

Neighbors who saw Johnson running through their backyards immediately stepped up to tell Police what they saw.

Norwood Police arrested Ray Johnson Thursday afternoon on McPherson in Price Hill.  He wasn't easy to take into custody.  Earlier in the afternoon, Norwood's drug unit try to stop Johnson for selling drugs and they say Johnson sped off.

"He refused and the pursuit started in Norwood continued down 562 and 75 over into district 3," one officer said.

Speeds even reached 80 mph through a construction zone on I-75.  Eventually Johnson crashed into a fire hydrant on Fairbanks and took off running through yards and hopping over fences.

In an age where some people won't cooperate with police, officers got plenty of help from Price Hill neighbors.

"I told the cop that he ditched his coat over here behind the fence by the boat in the other yard," a neighbor tells us.

Neighbors wanted to do what they could to help get a suspected drug dealer off the streets.

Another neighbor said, "I got family that's the police. Our landlord's a sheriff. I don't want none of that trouble around here."

Police say Johnson put a lot of people at risk when he refused to stop. Fortunately no one got hurt during the chase.

Johnson will face a judge Friday morning.

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