Akron domestic violence, robbery suspect dies after leading officers on a chase, police say

Akron domestic violence, robbery suspect dies after leading officers on a chase, police say
(Source: ODOT)

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - A man who led officers on a chase early Tuesday morning, died after crashing into a semi while driving the wrong way down the highway, said Akron Police Captain David Laughlin.

According to Laughlin, at 3:36 a.m. officers were called to the 200 block of Cole Avenue for a domestic dispute.

When officers arrived at the home, the woman told them the suspect had just stolen her minivan and two guns.

Laughlin said officers tried to stop the minivan at Thornton and Amherst Streets, but the driver refused to stop, so the chase began at 4:08 a.m.

At 4:16 a.m., Laughlin said the driver began driving eastbound in the westbound lane of 224 from Manchester Road.

Laughlin said the officers continued to follow, to alert oncoming traffic.

Laughlin said the chase ended at 4:19 a.m. when the suspect started driving northbound on Route 8 in the southbound lane.

At 4:22 a.m., the driver crashed into a semi on Route 8 southbound near Glenwood Avenue.

He was pronounced dead the scene.

Akron police are not releasing his name, but said the suspect also had a robbery warrant from Cleveland police.

The truck driver was not injured.

A third vehicle was also involved in the deadly crash, but the driver was not injured.

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