Police ID driver killed after police chase, crash

BETHEL, OH (FOX19) - One man is dead after an overnight chase and crash in Clermont County.

Bethel Police say Christopher Saunders, 31, of Cincinnati, crashed his car into a guardrail on Kennedy Ford Road after a police chase.

A Clermont County Sheriff's Deputy checked Saunders' 2001 silver Pontiac going eastbound on SR 125 going 73 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The deputy attempted to catch up with the driver and advised Bethel Police to watch for the vehicle.

A Bethel officer positioned himself on the west side of the village and waited for the vehicle to approach.

The officer noticed the vehicle and determined it was going well over the posted speed of 35 miles per hour. The officer pulled out of his stationary position and joined the deputy in the pursuit.

Officers continued to pursue the suspect onto northbound SR 133 and then onto Kennedy Ford Road.

The suspect crashed into a guardrail at the end of the road. The suspect had increased the distance between himself and the officers, so the officers did not see the crash occur. After crashing into the guardrail, the vehicle came to a rest in a wooded area.

Air Care was called to take Saunders to University Hospital, where he died.

Police say Saunders was not wearing a seat belt, and drugs and alcohol are thought to be factors.

The crash remains under investigation.

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