NEW DETAILS: Springfield man accused of hitting 2 cruisers during chase that ended in Dayton SWAT standoff

Michael Francis Wallace
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Michael Francis Wallace

Credit: Clark County Jail

Credit: Clark County Jail

A Springfield man is accused of ramming two law enforcement cruisers with a truck during a chase Wednesday, causing one of the vehicle’s doors to fall off, before he was arrested after a three-hour SWAT standoff in Dayton.

Michael Francis Wallace, 26, was arraigned Thursday in Clark County Municipal Court for two counts of felonious assault with a weapon and one count of fleeing or eluding a police officer. He is held on $25,000 bond in the Clark County Jail.

Breanna Nicole Phillips-Wallace, 18, also was arrested in Dayton after the standoff. She was arraigned Thursday in Dayton Municipal Court for obstructing official business and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. She is held on $2,500 bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

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Breanna Nicole Phillips-Wallace

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Breanna Nicole Phillips-Wallace
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Breanna Nicole Phillips-Wallace

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

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Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop on a black Dodge pickup truck near the intersection of South Limestone Street and Leffel Lane in Springfield. The truck reportedly made an improper turn, and its registration came back to a 1999 Oldsmobile.

When the deputy got out of his cruiser, the driver of the truck, later identified as Wallace, drove away, according to court records. The deputy was able to get back into the cruiser and catch up with Wallace, leading to a chase that went throughout Springfield. Speeds reached 40 to 45 mph, and Wallace drove through multiple stop signs, according to court documents.

Eventually, the pursuit headed toward Enon. The truck slowed down in the Haddix Road area, and a passenger got out. He was identified as Emmanuel Robinson, who was wanted in Texas for aggravated robbery, according to an affidavit.

Around this time, the Enon Police Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and a Clark County detective had joined the pursuit. On state Route 4 near Chambersburg Road, a trooper pulled in front of the truck and blocked it. The truck drove into the back of the trooper’s cruiser and accelerated at a “high rate of speed,” according to court documents.

A deputy got out of his cruiser and pointed his gun at Wallace and demanded he get out of the truck. The truck reversed, hitting a detective’s cruiser and then drove around the trooper’s vehicle, hitting the trooper’s cruiser again, court records read. The truck reportedly hit the driver’s side door, causing it to come off.

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The chase continued into Dayton, where Dayton police and other officers joined the pursuit. Dayton officers used StopSticks tire deflation devices, causing the truck to lose all four tires, according to the affidavit. However, it continued on driving on its rims.

A detective drove around the truck to try to get Wallace to pull over, but the truck hit the cruiser again and then came to a stop, according to court records. Wallace and a passenger, identified as Phillips-Wallace, reportedly refused to get out of the truck.

Wallace called his father and told him he had a gun, prompting law enforcement to take cover behind their cruisers, read an affidavit. Dayton SWAT responded and took over the scene.

Both suspects got out of the truck after SWAT used multiple chemical agents, according to court records. The standoff reportedly lasted more than three hours. Dispatchers initially described the standoff as a hostage situation; however, it is not clear if anyone was being held hostage.

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It is not clear whether charges will be filed against Wallace in Montgomery County.

We are working to learn more and will update this story with any new information.