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Columbus police use PIT maneuver to stop wrong-way driver on I-670

Columbus police stopped a vehicle that was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-670 from East 5th Avenue. (Columbus Division of Police)

Columbus police stopped a vehicle that was traveling in the wrong direction on I-670 Sunday morning.

According to a post on the Columbus Division of Police Facebook page, on Sunday at 4:31 a.m. officers were dispatched out on a wrong way driver, who was traveling westbound in the westbound lanes of I-670 from East 5th Avenue.

Officer Jeffrey Ward and Officer Joshua Buck noticed a white Ford Taurus when they immediately got onto I-670 east from Leonard Avenue.

Both officers observed the suspect traveling westbound in the first lane of I-670 eastbound. Officer Ward and Buck switched over to the second lane with their lights and sirens on.

The suspect slowed down briefly but began accelerating.

Officers Ward and Buck then turned behind the suspects vehicle in the first lane and performed a PIT from the passenger side which proved to be successful and immobilized the suspects’ vehicle without a collision, significant damage or injuries, according to the Facebook post.

Two other officers blocked traffic onto I-670 from Leonard Avenue while Officer Buck and Ward conducted the PIT maneuver.

Officers arrested an intoxicated Rodger Ford Jr., 26. Ford Jr. was processed for OVI and other traffic charges.


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