Police release dash cam footage of semi truck chase

Ohio Semi Truck Chase

Ohio State Highway Police have released dash camera footage of an intense semi truck chase in Cincinnati.

The incident occurred last Saturday on Interstate 75 in Ohio. At 1:30 p.m., Ohio State Highway Patrol got a call for a reckless truck driver.

Officers attempted to pull over the semi truck but the driver, Patrick Berthelot, 40, refused. He then led officers on a chase into the city of Cincinnati, then onto I-71 and then onto I-275.

The dash camera footage shows several close calls between the truck and officers.

Police say that Berthelot backed up and intentionally tried to hit officers.

“He crossed over numerous times into the eastbound lane of westbound 275 and vice versa, putting numerous people at risk of serious physical harm,” Cincinnati Police Assistant Chief Paul Neudigate said in a press conference.

Police threw out stop strips but that didn’t stop the truck. Eventually, a member of the SWAT team shot a 50-caliber rifle round into the truck’s engine, finally disabling the truck.

“He would’ve killed somebody. Let me make this clear: Had it not been shut down, had we not gotten involved, the way he was recklessly driving a 5,000 or 10,000-pound vehicle, somebody would’ve been dead today,” said Neudigate.

Berthelot then held himself at knifepoint. He was tased and taken into custody.

You can watch the dash camera footage below.