Police pursuit in East Cleveland ends with crash into 2 people; 1 man seriously injured (video)
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A high speed police chase ended with at least one man injured this weekend.
Officers said they were pursuing a 2005 Dodge Minivan that was spotted traveling at a high rate of speed and had no license plate when the suspect crashed and hit two other drivers at Broadway and East 82nd.
The chase happened over the weekend on Saturday at 9:30PM.
19 News Investigators requested police bodycam video that documents the pursuit as it travels across the city, traveling into a neighborhood at one point and almost hitting a vehicle, and then traveling down a one way street.
The pursuit abruptly ended at the Broadway 82nd intersection when the suspect being chased by police hit him nearly head-on. You can hear Riberto Rodriquez scream for help to get out of his car. When realizes the door won’t open, he gets out by climbing through a busted out window, but then collapses to the ground and realizes both legs are broken.
He tells 19 News that the suspect in the van took off on foot, but police caught up with him and arrested 26-year-old Demetric Croskley. Croskey is charged with fleeing and weapons charges.
Police then turned their attention to the crash victims. Rodriquez says at that point the other accident victim and several concerned citizens picked him up and moved him away from his vehicle that was on fire at that point.
“At first I thought it was just a guy who ate the light, but I found out afterwards it was a police chase. I’m for the police, no disregard but the way they went about the situation I think was all wrong. Because when I got impacted if the cop was out the vehicle, he should have come to my aid first. To make sure I was alive, or make sure I was able to get out of the car. He just kept running after the guy. He could have caught the guy later or something,” Rodriguez said.
Suspect Croskey is facing four charges including felony fleeing and eluding and will like be charged criminally as well with vehicular assault for the three vehicle car crash.
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