Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers announced the indictment of Phillip Alwell (DOB 10/05/04) for the October 15 “street takeover” incident on Route 50 at State Street.
Alwell was indicted for one count of Inducing Panic (F4). If convicted, he faces a maximum possible sentence of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The Prosecutor’s Office is also seeking forfeiture of Alwell’s vehicle.
On October 15, 2023, Alwell and numerous others shut down Route 50 at State Street to participate in a “street takeover” where multiple vehicles drive recklessly – doing donuts and slides – and post the incidents on social media.
The road was shut down for nearly 15 minutes and the incident caused $14,000 in damage.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers commented, “I am thankful for our strong partnership with the Cincinnati Police Department and all of their hard work making an arrest.
These street takeovers are not only stupid, they are reckless. Someone is going to end up dead.
Other cities may tolerate this madness, but it will not be tolerated in Hamilton County. We will charge you with a felony and seize your vehicle. If someone is injured, you will be held responsible.”