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CINCINNATI – An Ohio salt truck driver dumped its load of salt on cruisers Thursday during a slow speed chase with authorities, police said.

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Police started the pursuit around 11:45 p.m. after the salt truck accelerated feet away from Reading officers who were taking a suspect into custody during a traffic stop, WLWT reported.

“The truck in question was only feet away from me and entering into our lane of travel,” investigators said. “During this time, the truck could still be heard accelerating. I had to jump back to avoid being struck by the truck in question.”

The truck’s salt spreader was activated, spraying officers with salt. Officers tried to pull over the City of Cincinnati salt truck, but the driver did not stop. Instead, he made a U-turn and kept driving. At one point during the chase, the driver raised the bed of the truck, dumping a load of salt on cruisers.

The driver then got onto Interstate 75 and exited near where the pursuit first started. When officers again tried to approach the truck, the driver turned on the spreaders, throwing salt on cruisers and passing vehicles. The chase ended about 30 minutes later.

Driver Omar Armstrong, 36, was arrested and charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with officers, according to arrest records. He is being held in jail on a $9,000 bond.

Armstrong’s attorney said in court that he never intended to hurt anyone and did not know he was being pursued, WKRC reported.

“He was just absolutely doing his job,” she said.