BETHEL TOWNSHIP — Two people are dead following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash on State Route 202 south of US Route 40 on Tuesday morning.
The incident began when a Troy Police officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Stonyridge Avenue around 8 a.m. The officer recognized the suspect, Jalen Alexander, 19, of Troy, as being wanted in two counties.
The suspect began fleeing, turning on to Staunton Road, then south on State Route 202.
As the chase proceeded southbound, frequent reports from the officer indicated light traffic and speeds upwards of 90 miles per hour as they approached State Route 41. After crossing the intersection, the Troy officer reported the suspect was traveling around 115 mph.
A Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the area of State Route 202 and Ross Road deployed Stop Sticks in an attempt to slow the suspect vehicle. The deputy reported that the suspect attempted to avoid the spikes, but he believed they had struck the passenger side tires.
As the chase entered Phoneton, the suspect crashed into a minivan just south of US Route 40. The suspect’s vehicle overturned, taking out a utility pole. The second vehicle was forced into a driveway across the street.
The adult occupant of the minivan, Chelseas Vollmer, 32, of Dayton, as well as Alexander, were both reported to be dead at the scene.
A passenger from the suspect’s vehicle was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, and a child from the other vehicle was transported to Children’s Medical Center in Dayton.
According to a Troy Police Department new release, the suspect had outstanding Miami County warrants for felonious assault, child abuse/endangering and a Greene County warrant for violation of a court order. The officer was also aware that the suspect was in possession of a 9mm Glock pistol when stopped by Troy Police officers on March 7, the release stated.
The Piqua post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.