Dramatic 9-1-1 Call Reveals Alleged Infidelity Led to Trucker’s Plan of “Suicide by Cop”
Cincinnati, OH – The dramatic 9-1-1 call of a police pursuit of a truck driver in Ohio and his wife on Saturday has been released.
More than two hours of 9-1-1 audio between Patrick Berthelot, 40, of Bessemer, AL, and his wife reveal additional details of what happened inside their white Volvo semi-truck over the weekend.
Berthelot made headlines beginning Saturday afternoon after police in Ohio say they received calls about a truck operating erratically in Butler County.
Authorities were able to locate the semi on Interstate 275 around 12:54 p.m.
When Ohio State Patrol (OSP) attempted to stop the truck, Berthelot refused and continued driving, thus beginning an hours-long multi-county chase.
Berthelot’s wife, whose name has not officially been released by authorities, made the call to 9-1-1.
Upon answering the 9-1-1 dispatcher with a simple “yes” after asking if she needed help, Berthelot can be heard prompting his wife to talk to the female dispatcher.
“Talk to her,” Berthelot tells his wife.
The wife then screams, “I’m (inaudible). The police are chasing us! He won’t let me out of the car.”
During the call, Berthelot accused his wife of having an affair.
He also expressed he did not want his wife’s life to be in further danger.
“I just want her to be safe and I already know how this is going to turn out,” he tells the 9-1-1 operator after refusing to stop the semi.
“The problem is this… I’m facing 20 years in prison and I’m not going to go down without a fight. The police are going to have to kill me. This is a plan called suicide by cop,” he tells the dispatcher.
During the course of the call, Berthelot admitted to having a Ruger security 9-millimeter with three loaded magazines and a knife on board the truck.
Berthelot eventually stopped to let his wife exit the semi.
She was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for a suspected broken leg.
However, police have not released details on how Berthelot’s wife received the leg injury.
In total, the pursuit spanned sections of I-275, I-71, I-75 and was captured on several Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) cameras.
Stop sticks were deployed in multiple locations in attempts to stop the rig.
OSP said the sticks successfully flattened the right steer tire.
Despite that, Berthelot kept driving.
At one point following the tire blowout, Berthelot stopped to detach the tractor from the trailer on I-275 before continuing westbound down the interstate.
Investigators can be heard on the 9-1-1 call yelling at Berthelot to “Get out of the truck! Get out of the truck!”
The chase concluded when a S.W.A.T team was called in and used a .50 caliber rifle to shoot out the engine block on the semi.
The blow to the engine block caused the truck to lose oil, which forced Berthelot to stop, OSP said.
Authorities revealed Berthelot was tased as he held a knife to his neck, threatening to use it on himself.
The standoff ended at 3:46 p.m with Berthelot’s arrest on I-275 in Anderson Township.
After being treated for minor injuries, he was booked into the Hamilton County Jail on a kidnapping charge.
“He would have killed somebody,” said Assistant Chief Paul Neudigate. “Let me make this clear. Had it not shut down, had we not got involved, the way he was recklessly driving a 5,000, 10,000-pound vehicle, somebody would have been dead today.”
Police say it’s possible Berthelot could face additional charges.
He is being held on a $275,000 bond and is set to be arraigned on Monday morning.
Social media reveals Berthelot has been a driver with GMT Express since 2017.