Suspected counterfeiters led Amherst police on a 23-mile chase Friday that ended in Rocky River.
Officers were called at 12:23 p.m. to Target on North Lake Street, where two Cleveland men reportedly tried to pass fake bills to make purchases and returns.
Police found the men driving east on Rt. 2 and pulled over the vehicle. But when they approached, it sped away, leading a pursuit through Elyria, Sheffield, Avon, Westlake, and ending on Detroit Road in Rocky River, where the driver rear-ended another motorist.
Cruiser camera footage from the chase shows police following what appears to be a Chevrolet Envoy down the highway, zooming by law-abiding drivers at breakneck speed.
The Envoy zips and weaves through traffic and construction zones along the way, at one point nearly forcing a car into a concrete median near the Middle Ridge Road exit.
Both suspects fled on foot but were quickly captured with help from Westlake and Rocky River police.
The driver, 28-year-old Eric Rash, was charged with furnishing false information, failure to comply with a police order, driving under suspension, obstructing official business, reckless operation, and possession of marijuana.
Amherst Lt. Mark Cawthon also noted that Rash has “an extensive criminal history of violent crimes as well as weapons charges.”
There were also four outstanding warrants for his arrest on counts of trafficking of dangerous drugs, drug possession, possessing criminal tools, failure to comply with police orders, tampering with evidence, escape, and conveying drugs into a detention facility.
The passenger, 27, had not been charged as of Tuesday afternoon. Cawthon said those charges were imminent.
The counterfeit currency complaint remains under investigation.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.
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