AVON, Ohio (WOIO) - A driver died after leading Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers on a chase with speeds reaching more than 100 mph, said Ohio State State Highway Patrol Sgt. Santiago.
According to Santiago, just after 7 a.m. Thursday a trooper saw the driver of a 2020 Dodge Charger driving recklessly on I-90.
Dashcam video shows the vehicle speeding in front of the stopped trooper near I-90 and Clague Road in Rocky River.
Santiago said the driver, Charles Pierre-Louis Jr., 23, of Lorain, pulled over, but as the trooper attempted to exit his cruiser, the driver drove off at a high rate of speed.
“It appears that was a tactic just to get away,” Santiago told 19 News.
At one time, Pierre-Louis was going 130 mph, said Santiago.
Several minutes later, he exited at OH-611 in Avon, headed north and crashed head-on into a Ford F-150 at the intersection of Chester Road, said Santiago.
Pierre-Louis was pronounced dead at the scene.
His passenger, a 16-year-old boy from Lorain, was taken by Metro Life Flight to University Hospital’s main campus with serious injuries.
The driver of the F-150, Brett Addington, 23, of Elyria, was treated at UH Elyria Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
A Toyota Corolla was also damaged in the crash, but the driver was not injured.
According to court records, Pierre-Louis has faced criminal charges in the past.
Most recently, in December of 2019, he pleaded guilty to improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, and possession of cocaine.
Sgt. Santiago told 19 News an unloaded handgun was found in the vehicle Pierre-Louis was driving on Thursday, which he said was a rental vehicle. It’s unclear if Pierre-Louis was the name listed on the rental agreement. It’s also unclear where the vehicle was rented from.
“We’re still looking into the vehicle, its contents, where they were coming from and where they were going,” Santiago said.
The OH-611 exit reopened at 11 a.m.