Bond set for I-71 naked runner
FOX19 - Bond has been set for the man who ran naked down Interstate 71 following a six-vehicle crash.
Tracy Martin, 44, of Chagrin Falls, was booked into the Hamilton County Jail where he faces charges of aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, OVI and resisting arrest.
Bond was set at a total of $600 thousand.
Ohio State Patrol Lt. Chris Long says Martin was picked up from the hospital at 11 a.m. and was booked into jail at 12:12 p.m. Martin is schedule for a court appearance on Saturday morning.
According to OSP, Martin side-swiped four vehicles and struck two more as he sped through the left shoulder of I-71 South around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The pickup truck struck the concrete median and overturned before the naked driver fled his truck and took off running.
In video released by the Ohio Department of Transportation, cars appear to slow down on the southbound lanes Martin runs past the motorists.
"He's been running for at least a couple miles. He's just kind of jogging," a 911 caller told a dispatcher.
An Ohio State Trooper and off-duty Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy caught up with Martin between the Pfeiffer Road and I-275 exits. Eventually, multiple officers were able to take Martin to the ground.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that drugs played a part in the six-vehicle crash.
Martin was being held at Bethesda North Hospital undergoing drug testing, according to Sgt. Matthew Beccaccio. Officials are looking into the possibility that he could have been under the influence of synthetic drug "Flakka." The drug causes erratic behavior and has been blamed for several naked incidents.
According to a witness, the trooper first used a taser gun in an unsuccessful attempt to apprehend Martin.
"The taser did not faze him one bit. He kept running," said Mindy Banks, who recorded part of the scene from her vehicle in the northbound lane.
OSP said it could be up to 30 days before tests determine if Martin was under the influence.
"With a driver in this state of mind that was running down the interstate without any clothes on, I can't say I've experienced that, no," Lt. Long told FOX19 NOW on Thursday.
FOX19 NOW has found that Martin has spent time in court in Cuyahoga County on various charges including drug charges in 1989, weapons charges in 1995, receiving stolen property in 2003 and vandalism in 2013, among others.
Two passengers of other vehicles suffered serious injuries and were flown by AirCare to University of Cincinnati Hospital. Ambulances transported three more people to Bethesda North Hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
The crash remains under investigation.
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