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Florida man arrested for leading troopers on chase after hit-skip

Posted at 10:08 AM, Nov 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-17 10:08:19-05

ERIE COUNTY, Ohio — A Florida man has been arrested after leading troopers on a chase after hitting a vehicle and driving away.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said they were called to a hit-skip around 9:15 p.m. Saturday on the turnpike at mile marker 79 eastbound.

Troopers attempted to stop Jacoby Smart's vehicle at mile marker 96, but he drove away.

Smart's vehicle struck the rear of a commercial vehicle trailer and went off the right side of the roadway at mile marker 115 in Erie County, according to troopers.

His vehicle went through a fence and stopped in a field approximately 200 feet from the road, troopers said.

Troopers said Smart fled on foot and after a short chase, was arrested without further incident.

Smart was transported to Fisher-Titus Hospital in Norwalk with non-life-threatening injuries.

He is facing charges of OVI, hit-skip and felony fleeing and eluding.

Smart will be arraigned on Monday.