SUV Flips, Catches Fire After Chase

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FAIRLAWN, Ohio -- A police chase ended in a fiery four-car crash Thursday with a young suspect pulled from a burning SUV and another ejected from it.

According to the Fairlawn Police Department, a driver reported an erratic SUV on West Market Street around 4:30 p.m.

Dispatchers learned the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day.

When police tracked down the vehicle and attempted to stop it, one person got out and ran east on West Market Street.

Officers continued to trail the SUV for three blocks before ending the pursuit.

Moments later, the SUV lost control and hit a power pole in front of the Hilton Hotel directly across from Summit Mall.

The power pole was split in two, and the SUV flipped upside down and into three empty, parked cars in the Hilton parking lot.  The male driver was ejected.

According to Fairlawn Fire Department Lt. Dave Young, the fuel line ruptured on the SUV and it burst into flames with a female still inside.

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Police officers broke a window and pulled her out of the vehicle.

The young female suspect was taken to Akron Children's Hospital, and the male was taken to an adult hospital, Young said.

Two bystanders in front of the Hilton were struck with flying debris, but they did not have to go to the hospital.

West Market Street reopened around 10 p.m. while crews continued to fix the power pole.

At the time of this report, no arrests had been made and the Summit Metro Crash Response Team was investigating.

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