Drivers fleeing North Olmsted police hit state trooper

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NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio (WJW) – The North Olmsted Police Department is investigating a chase and crash that injured an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.

Officers responded to a complaint about a disturbance involving several vehicles driving recklessly in the RTA Park and Ride along Great Northern Boulevard Wednesday around 9:30 p.m.

According to a press release from North Olmsted police, officers blocked the vehicles from leaving. Police say two drivers accelerated toward officers. The officers had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck, according to police.

The two vehicles went up the curb into the grass and took off west onto Interstate 480 from Great Northern Boulevard.

One of the vehicles hit a state trooper who was working construction detail. The trooper was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and is home recovering.

Eventually, officers found both vehicles involved but the cars were empty. Officers say they found one person in a nearby neighborhood.

At least one of the vehicles was stolen.

The Fox 8 I-Team obtained dash camera video taken from a driver who was on 480 Wednesday evening.

Lexi Gunter tells us she saw the two vehicles “flying” by her.

“At first I thought it was just the two Chargers racing each other and just trying to get through traffic,” Gunter said. “I  then saw the two policemen who were right after them. I was just assuming they were going to stay in the exit lane and get off the highway.  They ended up swerving into the construction zone which is about where they crashed into the state trooper.”

The state patrol also released pictures of the damaged cruiser.

Drivers fleeing North Olmsted police hit state trooper; here is a look at the damage (courtesy: Ohio State Highway Patrol via I-Team)

Police say it is an ongoing investigation.

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