Alliance man dies after hitting tire spikes during chase


Aliance OhioA 46-year-old Alliance man, whom authorities say led police in Tuscarawas County on a high-speed chase, died Sunday night after crashing a pickup on Cleveland Avenue SE in southern Stark County.

Karl A. Atherton, who lived in the 500 block of S. Seneca Avenue in Alliance, was pronounced dead in Mercy Medical Center from injuries suffered in the crash.

Atherton crashed after running over a tire-deflation device set up at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue SE (state Route 800) and 49th Street by the Ohio Highway Patrol, who picked up on the high-speed chase that started in New Philadelphia, according to the state patrol.

New Philadelphia police encountered Atherton while he was passenger in another vehicle, which reportedly was involved in a traffic violation.

Atherton, who had felony arrest warrants for a sex offender violation allegation, fled on foot with New Philadelphia police in pursuit.

Atherton made it to the Nissan pickup, which was parked at another location, according to state troopers.

Police officers from New Philadelphia gave up their pursuit before it was picked up by Tuscarawas County sheriff’s deputies.

After running over the tire-deflation device, the truck continued a short distance before driving off Cleveland Avenue SE and into a tree, according to the state patrol.