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Driver Rams & Disables 3 Patrol Cars During Chase in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Ken Hines) -- A driver is behind bars after allegedly ramming three patrol cars during a series of attempted traffic stops early Friday morning.

The series of crashes allegedly began when Brian Rawlins rammed a state trooper's car after he was pulled over on US-52 in Portsmouth at approximately 12:39 a.m. The impact disabled the patrol vehicle.

After continuing eastbound on US-52, Rawlins was pulled over by another trooper, only to ram and disable that patrol car as well, according to investigators.

Two New Boston police officers then joined in the chase on US-52, at which time Rawlins allegedly intentionally struck one of the cruisers, disabling that vehicle, before driving through a median and on to US-52 Westbound.

Rawlins allegedly attempted to ram three additional patrol cars before finally driving off the road. An officer was able to use his vehicle to prevent the suspect's escape, enabling authorities to remove Rawlins from his truck.

A state trooper and a New Boston police officer suffered minor injuries during the chase. Rawlins is locked up in the Scioto County Jail on multiple felony charges.
 
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