5 Cleveland SWAT officers injured in a hit and run crash

5 Cleveland SWAT officers injured in a hit and run crash
(Source: WVUE)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Five Cleveland police SWAT officers were injured in an early morning accident Friday.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. at St. Clair Avenue and E. 18th Street Downtown.

Police said the SWAT officers were responding to a call of a man who had barricaded himself inside a home in the 5800 block of Lexington Avenue and was threatening to shoot police officers.

While travelling eastbound on St. Clair Avenue, police said the SWAT van was struck by the driver of a Ford Fiesta who didn’t stop for the flashing red traffic signal.

After the crash, the SWAT van struck a pole.

Five SWAT officers were transported to MetroHealth Hospital and as of Friday afternoon, one officer remained hospitalized.

Police said the driver of the Ford is Antonio Brown, 38.

Brown is accused of taking the temporary tag off his vehicle and fleeing the scene, before being taken into custody.

Police said the crash remains under investigation, but alcohol is believed to be a factor.

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