VERTVILLE — UPDATE @ 7:45 p.m. (September 23, 2022):
Kirt Kiser, the driver of the SUV involved in Wednesday’s Amber Alert that originated in Greenville and a police chase involving Greenville police on Thursday afternoon, is now in Darke County Jail on a felony charge stemming from of this latest incident.
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News Center 7 and whio.com have new dashcam video from Thursday’s lawsuit, which ended with Kiser accused of causing damage to two police cars, a residential garage, a utility pole and a large window at the Wayne HealthCare emergency room.
Kiser was jailed Thursday afternoon for failing to obey a police officer’s order or signal. A cash bond was set at $87,000.
INITIAL REPORT (September 22, 2022):
Kirt Kiser, initially named as a suspect in Wednesday’s Amber Alert, was arrested Thursday after leading officers on a chase through Greenville, police say.
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The investigation began with a wellness check on Kiser, who was showing signs of “erratic behavior,” police told News Center 7’s Brandon Lewis. When officers tried to speak to him, it was at that time police said Kiser left and led them on a chase through parts of Greenville.
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The chase began around 3:20 p.m. near the downtown Greenville roundabout, according to initial reports.
The chase ended in the area of Cypress Street and Central Avenue when Kiser’s SUV came to a stop. The SUV, a black Chevrolet Suburban, was the same vehicle and had the same license plate as the alerted vehicle in the Amber Alert.
During the chase, several police cars were damaged. An extensive police investigation continued at Wayne HealthCare, where two damaged cruisers were parked and damage to the hospital was visible.
The officers driving the cruisers were not injured. No other injuries were reported.
Kiser faces preliminary charges of felony assault and further charges are expected, police said.
No criminal charges were filed after Wednesday’s Amber Alert because the children’s father is a custodial parent and the children were not harmed, Greenville Police Chief Eric Roberts said Wednesday.
Roberts noted that Wednesday’s incident was not considered a criminal case from the start, saying it was more of a wellness check.
This is a developing story and we will continue to update this page as we learn more.
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