Driver accused of leading police on a two-state chase

Driver accused of leading police on a chase from Southgate to Cincinnati appears in court (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A driver, who police say led them on a chase, faces charges in two states. Keith Johnson was arraigned Wednesday in Cincinnati, where that chase ended.

Southgate Police say an officer tried to stop Johnson's car for traffic offenses at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday on I-471. Police say Johnson wouldn't stop and hit a car on on the highway heading north.

The chase went into Cincinnati where police say Johnson drove the wrong way on 12th Street before he crashed on Main Street. He also hit a pedestrian, but she wasn't badly injured according to police. A passenger in Johnson's car, Margo Melton, suffered minor injuries.

Police found syringes in his pants pockets during a search.

In court today, a judge ordered him held on $75,000 bond. Johnson also pleaded guilty to a past marijuana charge from 2016.

Southgate Police say Johnson faces charges of fleeing, wanton endangerment and driving with a suspended license. He also has outstanding warrants in Kenton and Boone County for drug and probation violations. Melton also had an outstanding warrant in Ohio.

Southgate Police are also asking for the driver who was hit on I-471 to contact them, as well as any witnesses from that chase at (859) 292-3622.

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