by Aaron Gibson, February 24, 2016
A woman is under arrest accused of leading police in Georgetown and Hamersville on a vehicle pursuit and allegedly crashing into a Georgetown police cruiser on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Marleen Henize, age 54 of Hamersville, faces several charges in the incident, including first-degree felony assault, third-degree felony failure to comply with an order or signal of police officer, first-degree misdemeanor criminal damaging or endangering, and first-degree misdemeanor operating vehicle under the influence.
Police said Henize was driving in the wrong lane and crossing into oncoming lanes headed east along State Route 125.
During the pursuit, Henize, while operating a 2005 Ford Taurus, allegedly crashed into a Georgetown police cruiser on State Route 125 at the White Oak Creek bridge.
The Taurus operated by Henize was towed from the scene after the pursuit came to an end near Georgetown. Henize refused to submit to a urine test, but did consent to a Breathalyzer test which suggested she had not consumed any alcohol, according to an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles license forfeiture report.
Drug use is suspected, police said.
Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted Georgetown Police and Hamersville Police in the pursuit.
A preliminary hearing has been set for Mar. 10 in Brown County Municipal Court. Henize currently remains in police custody on $50,000 cash, surety or property bond.
—Brown County Crime Reporter, February 24, 2016 11:38 AM EST
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