$1M Bond For Suspect In Ohio Police Chase

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hamilton, Ohio (AP) -- A judge has set bond at more than $1 million for an Ohio man accused of leading police on a chase that resulted in an officer being struck by a police cruiser.

Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Joyce of West Union in Adams County is being held in the Butler County jail pending a preliminary hearing next Tuesday.

He's charged with aggravated robbery, failure to comply with police and operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Authorities say they began chasing Joyce's vehicle before dawn monday following a drug store robbery north of Cincinnati.

During the chase, a police cruiser struck an officer from suburban Lockland who was putting down "stop sticks" in an attempt to slow Joyce's car.

Twenty-three-year-old officer Brandon Gehring remained in critical condition Wednesday.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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