Semi truck driver charged with OVI after leading police on chase around I-270

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police stopped a tractor trailer after chasing it halfway around I-270 through Hilliard and Columbus.

Hilliard police said the chase started just before 7:30pm in the Hilliard area when the driver of a tractor-trailer refused to pull over.

According to Hilliard police, dispatchers received six calls saying the driver was driving all over the freeway. Officers caught up with the truck and chased it around I-270.

The chase proceeded down I-270 and was approaching I-70 in east Columbus by 8pm. The truck appeared to be stopped near East Main Street by 8:05pm.

Police said the driver committed numerous traffic violations along the way.

The driver, 63-year-old Barry Demings of Virgil Redford Township, MI, was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. Demings has not been arrested, but will likely be charged with OVI and other violations.

According to Columbus police, the truck was carrying syrup.

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