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Police: Driver apprehended after pursuit ‘didn’t want to deal’ with speeding violation and drove off

UPDATED AT 4:26 p.m.

A Butler County man pulled over by police for a speeding violation this morning in Preble County’s village of Gratis allegedly couldn’t be bothered with staying still to receive a ticket.

“He pulled over briefly and told the officer that he didn’t want to deal with it and drove off,” Gratis Police Chief Jeff King told this news organization.

King said the driver led police from three departments — Gratis Police Department, Preble County Sheriff’s Office and Butler County Sheriff’s Office — on a slow-speed pursuit that never exceeded 35 mph.

The nearly 13-mile pursuit ended in Madison Twp. when the driver reached his residence on Corlee Lane, King said.

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Robert L. Petitjean II, 49, was charged with failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, according to Gratis Police Department.

ORIGINAL REPORT: 12:31 p.m. Sunday

A chase that started in Preble County this morning continued into Butler County before the driver was apprehended.

The pursuit started at 10:03 a.m. at East South and East Franklin streets in the village of Gratis and continued down Browns Runs Road, with Gratis Police Department, Preble County Sheriff’s Office and Butler County Sheriff’s Office tracking the vehicle. It lasted until the suspect was arrested near Corlee Lane, just west of Ohio 4.

There’s no word yet on the driver’s name and age or why he sought to elude police.

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