Police chase ends with crash in North Olmsted

Updated: Sep. 22, 2020 at 5:49 AM EDT
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NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio (WOIO) - A Monday night police chase that started in East Cleveland ended with a crash in North Olmsted.

The crash happened at Columbia and Lorain Roads.

The intersection was still closed Tuesday morning.

East Cleveland police said the vehicle involved in the crash was stolen and possibly involved in a few drive-by shootings.

The owner of the suspected stolen vehicle told 19 News “I just hope nobody was hurt or killed.”

She said her red Jeep was stolen late last Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. She said “There was a screen in my kitchen window and [someone] busted the screen out took, my keys and wallet off countertop and walked out the front door and took my car.”

In a Facebook post, East Cleveland police said the chase started when the three young men inside the vehicle fled from a traffic stop.

Police then learned the vehicle was stolen and gave chase.

The vehicle was struck in the rear right tire by a stop stick but was able to keep driving at a high speed.

One man inside the vehicle was apprehended in front of Progressive Field, where he attempted to run away.

Another man in the vehicle attempted to run away but forgot to take off his seatbelt.

When the vehicle got to North Olmsted, police there put out stop sticks.

In North Olmsted, a vehicle crossing Lorain Road hit the stolen vehicle, launching it into a telephone pole, East Cleveland police said.

The driver was taken out of the car and into custody before being transported to Fairview Hospital.

East Cleveland police said a stolen weapon flew out of the vehicle in the crash. A bystander picked it up and turned it in to police.

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