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Columbus man leads officers on high-speed chase

Wednesday March 6, 2013 2:00 PM

A 20-year-old west Columbus man led Hilliard police and other law-enforcement agencies on a 28-minute pursuit March 4 at speeds nearing 100 mph.

Hilliard police arrested Derik Davis Woodruff, 20, of 6665 Roberts Road W., after he crashed into a ditch at Feder Road, near Cape Charles Drive.

He was charged with OVI, felony fleeting and multiple traffic violations.

Davis was scheduled for arraignment March 5 in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Hilliard officer Brandon Long was observing traffic shortly after 11 p.m. March 4 in the 4500 block of Cemetery Road when Woodruff, traveling westbound on Cemetery Road, passed the officer at a high rate of speed, police said.

Long pursued Woodruff, who swerved and changed lanes without signaling while continuing westbound on Cemetery Road, approaching the roundabout at Main Street at approximately 60 mph, police said.

The pursuit continued westbound, and Woodruff stopped and changed directions numerous times, police said.

"It was all over the place," Hilliard officer Hyda Slone said.

Woodruff led police at times on Plain City-Georgesville, Amity, Elliott and Alton Darby Creek roads, where speeds topped out at about 100 mph, police said.

The pursuit briefly entered Interstate 70 East, from Hilliard-Rome Road, before Woodruff exited the freeway.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Franklin Township Police also were involved in the pursuit.

Police placed road spikes, or "stop sticks," on Feder Road, cutting the tires of the vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer, and causing Woodruff to crash into a ditch.

Woodruff was transported to the Hilliard police station, where he submitted to a chemical test and then was transported to the Franklin County jail.

In other recent incident reports from the Hilliard Division of Police:

* A money clip containing credit cards and cash was reported stolen at 8 p.m. March 1 from the 3800 block of Lattimer Street. Loss was estimated at $878.

* Police arrested a 22-year-old man for assault at 1:55 a.m. Feb. 27 in the 3900 block of Parkway Lane.

* Police arrested a 22-year-old man for drug abuse at at 12:35 a.m. Feb. 26 at Alton Darby Creek and Scioto-Darby roads.

* Police arrested a 34-year-old woman for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Luxair Drive and Drivemere Road.

* Police arrested a 20-year-old woman for receiving stolen property at 12:45 a.m. Feb. 28 in the 3900 block of Parkway Lane.

* A trailer worth $7,000 was reported stolen at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 from the 4600 block of Northwest Parkway.

* An air conditioner was reported vandalized Feb. 27 outside a business in the 3200 block of Hilliard-Rome Road.

* A 14-year-old boy told police a known person assaulted him at 2:10 p.m. March 1 at Hilliard Memorial Middle School, 5600 Scioto Darby Road.

* Light fixtures were reported stolen and graffiti sprayed on walls at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at a residence in the 3900 block of Kul Circle South.

* A 40-year-old man was arrested for assault and domestic violence at 3:50 a.m. March 2 in the 5400 block of Shadow Glen Court.

* A 19-year-old man was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at 1:20 a.m. Feb. 28 in the 3900 block of Parkway Lane.

* Police arrested a 52-year-old woman for OVI at 3:40 p.m. March 2 following a traffic crash in the 6300 block of Scioto Darby Road.

* A license plate was reported stolen at 1:30 a.m. Feb. 28 from a vehicle in the 4500 block of Bolon Avenue.

* A purse was reported stolen at 8 a.m. March 1 from the 3500 block of Ridgewood Drive.

* A wallet was reported stolen at 3:25 p.m. Feb. 28 from the 4600 block of Cemetery Road.

Columbus police

* Two vehicles and a residence were vandalized between 10 p.m. March 1 and 1 p.m. March 2 in the 3000 block of Casper Avenue, Columbus police reported

Eggs were thrown at the vehicle and house, and rocks were thrown at the house, police said.

* A burglary was reported March 2 at a residence in the 1700 block of Jupiter Avenue, Columbus police reports said. No property loss was reported.

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