CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A crash closed the intersection of East 79th and Superior Avenue Friday night when an East Cleveland Police chase ended in a multi-car accident in the city of Cleveland.
The pursuit was terminated by the officer in charge as a safety measure after hearing the speed of the chase had reached 80 miles per hour, but officers say it was too late because just seconds earlier the black Volvo being pursued crashed into several cars.
Officers pursued the car because the driver flew through a stop sign at Eddy Road and Hayden Avenue and did not stop for a traffic stop.
The driver nearly struck several vehicles as he turned south on Superior Avenue while fleeing from police, ECPD Chief Scott Gardner said.
Speeds reached 80 MPH as the pursuit continued down Superior Avenue and crossed over E. 105th Street. That’s when the officer in charge terminated the chase, ECPD Chief Scott Gardner said.
The driver hit several cars just before the chase ended, according to a press release. Police learned there were two people in the fleeing car.
The driver told police he fled because he had the firearm in the car and his passenger had a felony warrant for an unrelated crime out of Cleveland.
Police did not release the number of vehicles involved in the crash. But on the police bodycam video 19 News counted at least seven cars and SUV’s that were damaged.
EMS took five people to University Hospitals. One of the victims was in critical condition, EMS said. The driver was taken to UH with a potential concussion, police said.
ECPD did not release the name of the driver, who was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless operation, fleeing and eluding, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons while under disability.
The passenger was turned over to Cleveland Police due to the outstanding warrant, ECPD Chief Scott Gardner said.
This incident follows a high speed chase by ECPD on Saturday, Feb. 13. That pursuit also ended with a crash in the City of Cleveland on Broadway Avenue, one man suffered serious injuries that required surgery.
Back on January 30th East Cleveland Police had two police pursuits in the same day, and one ended in a man’s death.