Watch: Video shows semi chase ending in crash in Canfield Twp.

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CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Florida man accused of leading state troopers from both Pennsylvania and Ohio on a wild chase this week will stay in jail.

Ricardo Kostyk appeared in court Friday morning in Canfield. Dressed in a jail jumpsuit and chained wrists, Kotsyk walked into court in Canfield for a hearing, but his lawyer asked for more time to prepare.

“We did just receive the police report, and my office would like to look into some matters and come back here at a later date,” Attorney Frank Cassese.

Kodtyk is charged with failing to pull over during an 11-mile chase along the Ohio Turnpike. The chase ended Monday afternoon with a crash in Canfield Township when the tractor-trailer Kostyk was driving went off the highway and rolled over.

You can watch dash camera video from the Ohio State Highway Patrol from that chase above.

At one point, Kostyk can be seen waving for the troopers to pass him. At varying speeds from 40 to more than 70 miles per hour, troopers say he continues driving erratically and they deployed a spike strip to get him to stop.

As the chase heads west, troopers realize there is an active construction zone up ahead.

Voice of trooper: “There are workers in it. I’m gonna try to get up here and spike him again.”

The second device blows out one of the semi’s front tires but Kostyk keeps going. Troopers say they spot the driver leaping from the passenger side of the rig and it started running up a hillside as the semi rolls out of control.

Voice of trooper: “Looks like he is pulling over…he’s losing it! Oops! 31” (code for a crash)

As troopers converge on the scene, they catch Kostyk and hold him at gunpoint. He can be heard begging officers not to hurt him.

Voice of Ricardo Kostyk: “They just told me they were gonna kill me…”
Voice of trooper: “512, Cleveland. We’ve got the driver.”

A warrant has been issued for Kostyk in Lawrence County where troopers say they had been chasing him before he drove into Ohio.

He remains jailed on a $100,000 bond.

Kostyk also has a past history of domestic violence and disorderly conduct charges in Florida, according to court records.

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