Firefighters rescue chase suspect from steep fall

Firefighters rescue chase suspect from steep fall

ANDERSON TWP, OH (FOX19) - Officials released the identity of the man who was rescued after falling down a hillside while fleeing police in two states Monday.

Fire officials said they rescued a man, identified as Zachary Bauwens, who fell 200 feet down a hillside after fleeing police.

In all, 10 firefighters worked to pull the Bauwens up from a cavernous area off Watchview Court at Four Mile Road, an Anderson Township fire battalion chief told reporters at the scene.

The man was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He suffered a dog bite and head injury from the fall.

Bauwens was charged charged with receiving stolen property and assault on on a police dog for allegedly putting a K-9 in a chokehold, authorities said.

Additional charges could occur. Authorities identified the man as the driver who sped ay police in Northern Kentucky earlier this morning.

Erlanger police tried to pull over a blue BMW with stolen plates about 4 a.m.

The chase ensued along eastbound Interstate 275 into Campbell County and then across the Combs-Hehl Bridge over the Ohio River into Cincinnati, dispatchers confirmed.

The driver exited the highway onto Kellogg Avenue and passed Coney Island. The pursuit wound up in the area of Sutton Road and Patricia Lane before the driver bailed from the BMW on Watchview Court at Four Mile Road, dispatchers confirm.

Police detained a passenger at gunpoint, and that person was put in a police cruiser, according to dispatchers.

The passenger will not be charged, authorities said.

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