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Lucasville man arrested after endangering road workers

November 7, 2018

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — A driver who endangered a highway patrol trooper and several construction workers by speeding was arrested Monday afternoon after crashing into a state patrol cruiser, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A trooper from the Portsmouth post of the state patrol was directing traffic in a construction zone on U.S. 23 in Lucasville, Ohio, about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The trooper reported he and several construction workers were nearly struck by the vehicle that continued southward on U.S. 23 towards Portsmouth, according to the report.

State patrol troopers began a pursuit, which ended when the driver lost control in the Rosemount area and crashed into a state patrol cruiser.

Joshua Longworth, 19, of Lucasville, was arrested on a number of charges including improper handling of a firearm while intoxicated, driving under the influence, felonious assault and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

Longworth had two loaded firearms and five knives in his possession at the time of his arrest, according to the report.

He was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the crash, according to the release. He was treated at the Portsmouth hospital and released before being transported to the Scioto County Jail.

The patrol post was assisted by Portsmouth police and Rosemont Squad 12.

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