Washington CH Man Charged with Felony Fleeing After Police Pursuit

A Fayette County man remains in jail after fleeing from sheriff’s deputies in a vehicle on Saturday morning, July 28, 2018.  The chase initiated in the Village of New Martinsburg located in southeast Fayette County. 

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 11:22 a.m. Saturday from a concerned citizen reporting a suspicious vehicle and person or persons at the Rental Storage Locker business located on Greenfield-Sabina Road in New Martinsburg.  Upon arriving in the area to check the complaint, Deputy Andrew Parks and Deputy Jon Campbell observed a red Chevrolet Blazer matching the description provided by the caller as it was departing the area of the storage lockers, reportedly at a high rate of speed and failing to stop before entering Greenfield-Sabina Road.  Deputies then reported observing the vehicle turn into a private drive and traveling at a high rate of speed back the lane.  As Deputy Parks activated his emergency lights, he reported that the driver of the vehicle failed to comply with the traffic stop and fled at a high rate of speed. 

Deputies pursued the vehicle in the area of Perry Township in Fayette County before entering Highland County on State Route 28 toward the Village of Leesburg.  The pursuit continued onto Barger Rd. off State Route 28 and re-entered Fayette County.  The suspect vehicle failed to comply with the posted stop sign at the intersection of Barger Rd & Stafford Rd. in Green Township and continued, reportedly passing several motorists at a high rate of speed.  The suspect vehicle turned north on U.S. Route 62 from Barger Rd. and was stopped shortly thereafter by deputies in the area of U.S. Route 62 & Greenfield-Sabina Rd. The driver was taken into custody and identified as Ronnie Lee Brill, 44, of Washington Court House.  A passenger in Brill's vehicle was briefly detained but was not charged and later released.

Deputies reported observing a change in Brill’s mental status during their contact with him and discovered that Brill had a clear plastic baggie in his mouth that reportedly contained an unknown substance that Brill allegedly ingested.  After arriving at the Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County EMS was summoned to check Brill, however he reportedly refused treatment.

Brill was charged with 3rd-degree felonies for Fleeing & Eluding and Tampering with Evidence. He is additionally charged with Driving under Suspension, Speeding (90 in a 55), and a Stop Sign violation.  Brill has been arraigned in the Washington Court House Municipal Court and is being held on a $15,000.00 bond.        

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