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2 people arrested, loaded firearm recovered after vehicle leads troopers on 48-mile chase down I-71

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 12:54:32-04

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — Two people were arrested and face several charges after state troopers say they led them on a 48-mile pursuit down I-71, from Ashland County to Middelburg Heights, late Tuesday night, the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed in a news release.

Just before midnight Wednesday, troopers initiated a traffic stop with a white 2011 GMC Envoy for speed and marked lane violations on I-71 northbound near U.S. 250 in Ashland County.

As troopers approached the vehicle, the driver, identified as Michael Wilson, 22, of Elyria, and one of the passengers, identified as Autiana Washington, 24, of Euclid, switched seats. When troopers attempted to interact with the driver, now in the left rear passenger seat, the vehicle fled the scene and a pursuit began.

The pursuit went on for approximately 48 miles, as the driver traveled at speeds of 120 mph. Troopers attempted to deploy stop-sticks but were unsuccessful each time. The vehicle eventually lost control and spun out on I-71 near Pearl Road in Middleburg Heights.

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State troopers led on a 48-mile pursuit on I-71 ended in crash in Middleburg Heights.

Four occupants in the car were taken into custody without further incident. A loaded firearm was also recovered from the vehicle.

Wilson was charged with obstructing official business along with speeding, marked lanes violation and driving under suspension. Washington was charged with fleeing, a felony offense; obstructing official business and reckless operation.

Troopers said more charges are pending awaiting crime lab results in regards to the firearm.