Driver Flees with Ohio Police Officer in His Vehicle Searching for Marijuana

| by Dominic Kelly

A crash involving a state trooper in Cincinnati this week was a close call, according to authorities.

The incident took place after Trooper Brad Hess pulled a car over for a routine traffic stop and smelled marijuana in the vehicle. According to the report, the passenger in the car got out to allow Trooper Hess to go in and search the car. As soon as the officer got into the vehicle, the driver hit the gas and took off.

The driver didn’t get very far when the car veered off the side of the road, hit two trees, and overturned.

Trooper Hess was trapped under the car and injured, and the driver immediately got away on foot.

Hess was taken to the hospital to be treated for leg pain and minor cuts, and was thankfully later released. Authorities took to the streets with K9 units to find the suspect, but as of today, he still remains at large. Luckily, they were able to identify him as 22-year-old Dimitri Harvill.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin Long told WLWT News that when he got word that Hess was injured, he knew something bad happened.

"Whenever you hear that you have an officer that is injured in the line of duty and you don't know how severe they are injured, it alarms you and it scares you,” said Lt. Long.

Authorities say that Hess is lucky that it wasn’t much worse, as the car was completely overturned. They are still searching for Harvill.