PRESS RELEASE, 12/4/2007

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announces the Indictment of Carmella Duley

On November 24th, 2007 at approximately 4:20pm, Carmella Duley and two others were observed in the Biggs parking lot at 8340 Colerain Avenue in what appeared to be drug activity. When the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene the car, driven by Duley, exited Biggs and entered Ronald Reagan Highway eastbound.

Duley committed numerous traffic violations and was pulled over by the Sheriff's deputy. When deputies attempted to approach the vehicle, Duley drove away at a high rate of speed and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office gave pursuit. The pursuit, in which speeds by Duley topped 100 mph, led from eastbound Reagan to southbound I-75. During the pursuit, Cincinnati Police were positioned along I-75 to assist in stopping the car by use of stop-sticks.

After passing the Hopple Street exit, Duley's vehicle struck a pick-up truck, causing injury to a juvenile passenger in that vehicle. The impact caused the pick-up truck to turn to the left, cross two lanes, and strike a CPD cruiser. This caused serious injury to Sgt. Bryce Bezdek. Duley continued south on I-75. Duley's vehicle was stopped at the Western Hills Viaduct and the occupants were taken into custody. Drugs and Drug Abuse instruments were found in the car.

Duley has been indicted for two counts of Aggravated Vehicular Assault (F2), two counts of Vehicular Assault (F3), Failure to Comply with an Order of Signal of a Police Officer (F3), Possession of Heroin(F5), and two counts or Stopping After an Accident (F5). If convicted of all charges, Duley faces up to twenty-three years in prison and a mandatory license suspension of two to ten years.