Struthers police cruiser struck during chase, suspect flips car before escaping on foot
An early Sunday morning police stop led to a chase and crash with multiple Struthers police vehicles.
According to the police report, Struthers Police attempted to stop a tan GMC truck heading southbound on Youngstown-Poland Road near Creed Street after the driver allegedly drove over a curb at 1:10 am Sunday morning.
The officer turned around and began to pursue the suspect, who was spotted attempting to exit a parking lot. The officer told the man to stop the truck, when, according to the police report, the suspect accelerated his vehicle back onto Youngstown-Poland Road, and continued onto Country Club Avenue.
The suspect turned into a yard in the 1500 block of Country Club Avenue, where the officer attempted to cut the vehicle off. That's when the truck struck an officer's cruiser before heading back onto the road.
The chase continued westbound onto E. Midlothian Blvd., Interstate 680 northbound, and South Avenue.
Officers pursued the suspect into Youngstown into the parking lot of a pub on the south side where he hit another patrol car twice.
The truck then turned onto Hilton Avenue where police say the driver lost control and flipped the vehicle onto its roof.
According to the report, the suspect punched the window out and took off through backyards.
A Struthers K9 was released to try and track down the driver, leading officers to a home in the 300 block of Judson Avenue.
Struthers and Youngstown officers set up a perimeter but they were unable to find the man.
The suspect is described as a small-in-stature white male, wearing a maroon jacket and a charcoal-colored hat.
Police say they know who the driver is and he'll face three counts of felonious assault and a count of fleeing and eluding.