Police Make Two Arrests In Highway Shooting

Published: Jan. 12, 2008 at 3:42 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2008 at 4:56 PM EST
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Cleveland, OH - UPDATE: Cleveland Police, with the assistance of the FBI and the US Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, arrested a suspect in Saturday morning's drug related shooting on the Shoreway which injured two males.

A suspect was arrested at a home in the area of Euclid Ave. and North Taylor Rd. in East Cleveland.  A vehicle believed to have been used in the shooting has been seized and we are in the process of gathering additional evidence.

A second suspect was arrested in the shooting at 11pm Saturday evening on E. 101st Street in the northeastern part of Cleveland.

Saturday morning, a drug deal went bad at E.117th and St. Clair and ended with gunfire.

A car containing four people pulled up to buy crack cocaine and apparently short changed the dealer.

The buyers sped off onto I-90 with the drugs and were chased by the dealer. The dealer caught up and fired off four shots into the buyer's car near E.55th and Dead Man's Curve.

The alleged buyers include driver Jeffrey Willis, 29 from Grafton, Cory Podgorski, 21 from Grafton, Cassie Kolarik, 25 Strongsville, and Todd Peggs, 27 Strongsville.

Willis was shot in the face and buttocks. Peggs was also shot, hit in both legs.

The car then became disabled in the middle of highway. Both males were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.  Peggs was treated and released. Willis was undergoing plastic surgery.

Willis and Podgorski have admitted they were buying drugs, the other two passengers -Kolarik and Peggs deny everything.

Police recovered crack cocaine in the car. Charges are pending.

The highway was down to one lane while police investigated.

The suspect, who is known by his street name "Poo" fled in a white Chrysler 300.

Mayor Frank Jackson's Statement on this incident:

"The City of Cleveland will enforce its laws.  Whether you are a Clevelander, or a resident from a neighboring community or a Wall Street executive our message is still the same," said Mayor Frank Jackson.  "We are aggressively cracking down on crime no matter how big or small so that residents and visitors feel safe and are in fact safe."

If you have any information please call you local police department.