Trucker Faces a Slew of New Charges After Investigation of Bizarre Police Chase
Cincinnati, OH – An Alabama trucker accused of kidnapping his wife and leading police on a two hour chase in Ohio nearly two weeks ago was slapped with six additional charges this week.
Patrick Berthelot, 40, of Bessemer, AL, has been held at the Hamilton County Jail on a $275,000 bond since his arrest on July 18.
Berthelot was originally charged with one count of kidnapping and police said it was possible he could face additional charges.
This week, a Hamilton County grand jury made good on that statement.
The grand jury added four counts of felonious assault for allegedly attempting to hit law enforcement with his semi-truck and two counts of failure to comply with police.
All charges stem from a multi-county police chase in Ohio that allegedly began following an altercation between Berthelot and his wife.
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, officials received a call about a tractor-trailer operating erratically in Butler County.
Troopers with the Ohio State Patrol (OSP) were able to locate the white Volvo belonging to GMT Express on Interstate 275.
Berthelot reportedly refused to stop for OSP, thus beginning a two-hour pursuit that spanned sections of I-275, I-71, I-75.
A 9-1-1 call during the chase reveals Berthelot accused his wife of having an affair.
Read more about what was said in the 9-1-1 call HERE.
Berthelot also said he had planned to commit “suicide by cop.”
Stop sticks were deployed in multiple locations in attempts to stop the rig.
Despite successfully disabling the right steer tire, Berthelot continued driving.
During the course of the chase, Berthelot stopped to let his wife out of the truck.
He also stopped to detach the tractor from the trailer.
Ultimately, a S.W.A.T. team was called to the scene and used a .50 caliber rifle to shoot out the engine block on the semi in Anderson County.
The blow to the engine block caused the truck to lose oil, which forced Berthelot to stop, OSP said.
Berthelot exited his truck with a knife to his neck and was tased by officials before being taken into custody.
He was treated for minor injuries and booked into the Hamilton County Jail.
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