Ashtabula County, OH – Authorities have released bodycam video from a low-speed police chase that ended when an Amish buggy driven by an impaired man slammed into a sheriff’s deputy’s patrol vehicle (video below).
The incident occurred on the evening of May 14 when Ashtabula County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a wrong-way driver on U.S. 322 near Midway Chevrolet, according to WKYC.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they encountered a horse-drawn Amish buggy that was going the wrong way.
A deputy turned on the emergency lights on his vehicle and attempted to get the buggy to stop but the vehicle just kept going, WKYC reported.
The deputy wasn’t able to see anyone driving the buggy by using the spotlight on his vehicle.
So he stopped his patrol car at the corner of Staley Road and Hague Road and got out to try and call the horse to a stop, WKYC reported.
But the horse didn’t stop and when the buggy passed by the deputy, he could see its driver slumped over in the seat dressed in Amish attire.
“We got a drunk Amish guy passed out in a buggy,” a deputy told dispatch in the bodycam video, according to WOIO.
The deputy got back in his vehicle and drove ahead of the buggy, WKYC reported.
He stopped his car in the path of the buggy and called out to the driver to wake up, bodycam video of the incident showed.
But the deputy’s efforts were unsuccessful and the buggy rammed into the sheriff’s patrol car.
The impact of the crash threw the driver from the seat of the buggy, the video showed.
When the driver regained consciousness, deputies identified him as Nathan Miller and said they smelled alcohol on his breath.
He was treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to WOIO.
Miller refused to take a field sobriety test but agreed to take a breath test, WKYC reported.
The sheriff’s office said Miller blew a .063 BAC.
Deputies placed him under arrest for operating a vehicle impaired (OVI) and transported him to the Orwell Police Department, WKYC reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: