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Ohio Man Arrested After Leading N.C. Authorities On Chase Into Va.

Posted January 1, 2006 12:35 p.m. EST

— An Ohio man is in a Virginia jail after he allegedly led North Carolina state troopers on a chase through three counties.

Clifton Cornelius, 45, of Marysville, OH, faces several charges in both Virginia and North Carolina, including reckless driving, two counts of fugitive from justice in Floriday and North Carolina, one count felony stolen property, two counts of destruction of state property and one count of attempted capital murder of a police officer.

Shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, a state trooper stopped Cornelius on Interstate 95 in Cumberland County near Hope Mills for driving 87 mph in a 70 mph zone. When the trooper walked toward Cornelius' car, the suspect drove away, authorities said. The chase ended in Virginia, when Cornelius crashed into two Virginia state police cars in Virginia just about a mile from the state border, causing an estimated $10,000 damage, officials said.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said the suspect was throwing items out of the car as he led authorities on a chase, but did not say what items were discarded from the car.

Investigators said that the vehicle Cornelius was driving had been reported stolen from Gainsville, Fla.

No one was injured.