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Heroin, gun found after high speed chase, shots fired at officers

(PHOTO: FOX19/ Elmwood Place) (PHOTO: FOX19/ Elmwood Place)

A drug suspect is accused of leading authorities on a vehicle and foot pursuit where shots were fired at law enforcement officers.

Jerome Sweeten, 35, is held without bond at the Hamilton County jail on charges of drug trafficking, drug possession, carrying a concealed weapon, illegally having a weapon while being a convicted felon and failure to comply with a police officer.

He is scheduled to face a judge at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Agents with Regional Narcotics Unit (RENU) tried to pull over Sweeten's white Nissan as it was sped more than 100 mph on Interstate 75 at Mitchell Avenue about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The Nissan exited the highway onto Mitchell Avenue, went onto Spring Grove Avenue and then Vine Street. Sweeten lost control of his vehicle while trying to turn onto Township Avenue, said Mike Robison, spokesman for the county sheriff's office.

The Nissan slammed into a fire hydrant at the intersection and stopped next to a house.

Agents saw Sweeten get out with a handgun and an orange bag, Robison said. He ran north, leading authorities on a foot pursuit. Officers heard what they believed was a single gunshot as they gave chase. No officers were hurt.

About three blocks north of the accident site, an Elmwood Place police officer who responded to the area to  help agents spotted Sweeten.

The officer shocked Sweeten with a Taser stun gun, and Sweeten was taken into custody without further incident.

Agents found 2.72 pounds of heroin from Sweeten's vehicle and the area where he was apprehended. The street value of the drug is about $200,000, authorities said.

They also recovered a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

Sweeten has a lengthy criminal record in Hamilton County and is known to run from authorities, court records show. He was sentenced a state prison following 2007 convictions on cocaine and marijuana trafficking charges. 

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