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BOARDMAN, Ohio - A pizza shop robbery, turns into a police pursuit and crash on busy Market Street in Boardman.

One look at the crumpled pick-up truck, with the motor ripped right out, and it's amazing anyone could survive such a high impact crash.

It happened just before 3pm on Market Street and Withers in Boardman.

Alyssa Paidas witnessed the crash, "At first I was like this poor guy's going too fast, and now he's going to die in an accident. Then I saw the police coming. I was like okay, I don't have to call police, because they're already chasing him."

Maureen Sebastian was putting up Christmas decorations in the window at Pat's Uniforms in Boardman when she witnessed the vehicle flipping in the air, "It just started to roll, and it hit the pole. It was like in the movies. It was crazy."

The suspect, Matthew Koziorynsky of Boardman was a wanted man.

Youngstown Police say he has several outstanding warrants, and authorities were in pursuit of his speeding truck, after he allegedly robbed Marco's Pizza on Youngstown-Poland Road and Midlothian.

Witnesses at the scene say police recovered a gun. But we've confirmed that a bandana, butcher knife, and cash were taken as evidence from the suspect's truck.

Doug Ludt of Boardman was shocked this could happen in such a busy section of town, "Gets pretty crazy to get through all this for a little bit of money, because he sure as heck couldn't have got a lot of money at that pizza shop."

Others, including a number of area businesses are just thankful the telephone pole stopped the suspect, and prevented others from being hurt.

Jack DeMain of Amer's Hobby Shop says, "He could've ended up in one of these buildings or hit another car or a pedestrian."

Youngstown Police are investigating the pizza shop robbery, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic crash. Boardman Police and Boardman Fire assisted at the scene.

The suspect is in stable condition at a local hospital, and is under the watch of police.

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