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Police: Driver in high speed chase 'didn't feel like going to jail'

A Norwood police chase ended in a crash early Friday. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand) A Norwood police chase ended in a crash early Friday. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand)
Johnnie Kirk (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Johnnie Kirk (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) -

A high speed police chase ended in a crash and arrest early Friday.

Norwood police tried to pull over a dark green, 2000 Honda Accord after an officer spotted the vehicle weaving on Montgomery Road near Highland Avenue just before 2 a.m., said Lt. Mark Rankin.

The driver sped off with a male passenger inside. Speeds reached more than 100 miles an hour. 

At that point, police halted the pursuit.

"We didn't want anybody to get hurt," the lieutenant said.

They found the sedan crashed on the side of the road at Highland Avenue near Beech Street.

The driver bailed and ran off while his upset passenger stayed with the vehicle, which he owns. 

Officers caught up with the driver behind some businesses a short time later.

Johnnie Kirk, 50, was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and felony fleeing and eluding.

He also had six open warrants for his arrest on old misdemeanors.

"He told us he just didn't feel like going to jail anymore," Rankin said.

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