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Three Ohio men believed to have been involved in a Florence armed robbery Jan. 9 were apprehended in Grant County after a police chase that topped 100 miles per hour.
Kentucky State Police in Dry Ridge received a call at 2:38 p.m. from Florence Police in an attempt to locate a dark-colored Chevrolet Monte Carlo witnessed leaving the scene of an armed robbery of Spring Leaf Financial.
Trooper Chris Marcum observed a vehicle matching the description about 20 minutes later traveling southbound on Interstate 75 at mile marker 148 in Grant County.
Marcum activated his lights and sirens, but the vehicle did not stop and continued at a high rate of speed before taking the Sadieville exit and getting back on I-75 going northbound.
Sgt. Brian Maines of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was pulled over at 142 mile marker just inside Scott County in case the vehicle went back north.
“We tried to stop stick them at two different points,” Maines said. “At the 144 mile marker, we had a deputy there and we had a Williamstown officer and a (KSP) trooper at the 150 mile marker. Neither one were able to stop stick the vehicles.”
“As we approached the 153 mile marker, that’s when three truck drivers basically lined up across three lanes to try to slow him down. At that point, the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and lost control trying to go around the tractor trailers. It ended up over in a ravine,” he said.
As law enforcement personnel went over the hill to approach the wrecked vehicle, Maines said two of the suspects jumped out of the vehicle and took off running up the hill while the driver remained in the car.
“I got in a foot pursuit with the two who were running and instructed other officers to go toward U.S. 25 where they were running,” Maines said. “They crossed U.S. 25 and crossed the railroad tracks and went a couple hundred yards into some woods. Ultimately, they were apprehended.”
The two fleeing suspects had cash on them, but they did not have weapons during the foot pursuit.
They were captured by Grant County Sheriff deputies without incident.
Kentucky State Police charged the driver, 24-year-old Paris Mason of Fairfield, Ohio, with driving under the influence and other traffic violations.
The two passengers, 25-year-old Jeff Mason of Avondale, Ohio, and 26-year-old Steve Turley of Cincinnati, were charged with public intoxication.
All three suspects were also charged with fleeing or evading police, first-degree, and carrying a concealed weapon.
Maines said one gun was confiscated from the vehicle.
The three suspects were transported the the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Grant County for minor injures from the collision before being housed at the Grant County Detention Center.
They were transported Jan. 13 to Boone County, where they will likely be charged in the Florence robbery.
Maines said the speeds during the police pursuit ranged anywhere from 80 to 110 miles per hour.
“They were in and out of traffic,” he said. “They were passing people on the right and left shoulder. They were a danger to everybody on the highway.”