Driver crashes into van, sending it into house, during chase through Columbus


Crash during chase

A Columbus man has been indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jury, accused of crashing his car into a mini-van while being pursued by the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Shawn Friley, 46, is facing charges of aggravated vehicular assault and failure to comply with orders or signals after troopers say he refused to pull over November on Interstate-71. According to search warrant affidavits, troopers say Friley led police on a pursuit that ended when Friley's Cadillac slammed into a mini-van that crashed into a house on East Hudson St.

"He could've killed me, I thought I was going to die that day," said Ken Rothgeb, who was driving the mini-van that hit the home.

Rothgeb is now recovering from six broken ribs, a broken collarbone and fractured foot. He says two of his sons who were in the vehicle also received minor injuries. "I made a left and the next thing I know, I'm getting hit, I don't remember nothing," said Rothgeb.

Authorities say the pursuit started when Friley was seen driving on the shoulder of I-71 and refused a trooper's request to pull over. Troopers say during the pursuit, Friley recklessly sped past vehicles, and even forced a Columbus Police officer off to the side of the road. At one point troopers tell ABC 6/FOX 28, the pursuit was stopped for awhile because it became too dangerous.

Brian Sharp who lives in the home damaged in the wreck says he was sleeping when his house was hit.

"It woke me up, I thought it was part of a bad dream," said Sharp. He had to wait two weeks for the gas to be restored after the meter attached to his home was busted in the crash.

Troopers say when Friley was arrested he had an active felony warrant for forgery and was driving on a suspended license. Friley is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin County Common Pleas Court next week.

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