Hiram police chase ends in Trumbull County; woman in custody

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Officers put down spike strips to stop the vehicle along Route 305 in Southington

SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman from the Rootstown area was arrested after troopers say she led them on a high-speed chase across three counties.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the chase started just after 12 a.m. Tuesday when troopers tried to pull over 24-year-old Samantha Etz on Route 88 in Nelson Township for having no license plate light.

Etz initially stopped but then took off leading troopers on a chase onto Route 422 in Parkman and then into Southington, reaching speeds of about 100 miles per hour, troopers said.

Etz turned down Reynolds Road in Southington where troopers from the Hiram Post terminated the chase because of speed and road conditions.

A short time later, troopers with the Warren Post picked up the vehicle again on US-422, where stop spikes were used.

After getting three flat tires, troopers say Etz brought the car to a stop, and two male passengers ran away.

A search of the vehicle uncovered Oxycontin and Diazepam, troopers said.

Etz was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding and drug possession. She is being held in the Portage County Jail in Ravenna and is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday.

The two passengers have not been found.

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