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Bond set for suspect who started chase; officer still in critical condition

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The suspect who began a chain of events that led to a Lockland police officer fighting for his life was arraigned on Tuesday.

Bond for Thomas Joyce, 32, was set a $1,016,150.

Joyce is accused of robbing the West Chester Walgreen's on Monday morning, then leading police on a chase down I-75 all the way to downtown Cincinnati. He was arrested in Over the Rhine and charged with aggravated robbery, failure to comply and OVI. He also faces a few traffic violations.

During the chase, Lockland Police Officer Brandon Gehring was laying down stop sticks and was struck by a West Chester police cruiser.

When asked by Judge Dan Haughy what he thought about bond, Joyce said that he has lived in this area his whole life and would show up at any court appearances. However, prosecutors argued for a higher bond due to Joyce's criminal past, which includes robbery, receiving stolen property and a number of traffic offenses.

Meanwhile, the family of Officer Gehring says he remains in critical condition.

His friends told FOX19 that he was responding to his parents by wiggling his toes.

Hospital officials say Officer Gehring has injuries to his shoulder, chest, lung, and spine. He's been in the surgical intensive care unit at University Hospital.

The family also wanted to stress that in no way do they hold West Chester Officer Kevin Burger responsible for what happened.

Officer Burger is the officer who hit Gehring with his police SUV when he was putting out stop sticks while trying to stop a chase.

"It was a situation of 2 dedicated officers doing their jobs in an attempt to make the community safer," said Mark Mason, Gehring's uncle.

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