NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - Bond was set at $138,000 Thursday for the father accused of leading authorities on a 20-mile long chase across Hamilton County with his two small children and a dog in the backseat of his vehicle.
James Nie, 48, fled a reported shoplifting at the Sears store inside Tri-County Mall off Interstate 275 and Princeton Pike when he pulled his silver, four-door Nissan the wrong way onto the highway at Mosteller Road about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
His car slammed into several vehicles, including at least one semi tractor-trailer, as Springdale police gave chase.
The pursuit spanned several miles along eastbound I-275 onto southbound Reed Hartman Highway through Blue Ash and continued south into the city of Norwood.
That's where police say Nie bailed from the vehicle at the intersection of Montgomery Road and Cameron Avenue. He ran off, but police apprehended him after a short foot chase.
Authorities said were not aware Nie had two small children in his vehicle until the pursuit ended. Had they known, they never would have given chase.
"It's just too risky," said Norwood Police Sgt. Mark Vickers.
Nie was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center after complaining of chest and stomach injuries. He was treated, released and booked into the Hamilton County jail by 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
He is held without bond on two counts of child endangering and one count each of failure to comply with police and theft.
Authorities say more charges could be pending.
The children were not hurt. They were reunited with their mother.