Woman indicted for leading Ohio State Highway Patrol and Newburgh Heights police on wild chase

23-year-old woman who led Ohio troopers on death-defying chase appears in court

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The woman who led the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Newburgh Heights police on a high speed chase, smashing several cruisers in the process, has been indicted.

Imani Edwards, 23, was indicted on six counts of felonious assault and one count of failure to comply for allegedly leading Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and Newburgh Heights police on a chase on March 22.

Edwards, 23, is accused of smashing into several cruisers during the chase.

The wild chase started with an Ohio trooper attempting to pull over a vehicle on I-77 northbound, and ended with multiple police cars smashed and a dramatic arrest.

Police had Edwards boxed in on I-77, and were out of their cruisers with guns drawn when she decided to run.

She smashed into a Newburgh Heights cruiser and then into the back of a state trooper’s vehicle, which was pushed into another Newburgh Heights cruiser, and she was off again, at high speeds, northbound on 77.

Newburgh Heights police Chief John Majoy praised the work of the officers who never fired their weapons.

“Their lives were at stake, she almost ran them over, that’s a 2,000 pound weapon coming at you, they jumped out of the way just in the nick of time, to save their own lives,” Chief Majoy said.

There were no injuries to police or innocent bystanders.

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