Shaker Heights police chase ends in crash; Two arrested

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW)-- A police chase in Shaker Heights ended in a crash Wednesday morning.

Shaker Heights police officers were called to Kendall Road at about 6:45 a.m. The 69-year-old victim told officers he noticed two male suspects going through his car and confronted them. The pair pulled out a gun and pushed the man, before taking items from his home, police said. They took off in the victim's car.

Police spotted the stole vehicle in Cleveland about an hour later. According to police, officers from Shaker Heights and Cleveland "tactically followed" the suspects until the car crashed on Woodland Avenue. No other vehicles were involved.

Both suspects were taken into custody. They were treated for injuries at a local hospital.

Following the chase, Cleveland City Councilman Blaine Griffin called on Ohio Attorney General David Yost to create statewide police policies for high-speed pursuits, especially across city limits.

“When I responded to the scene, people were traumatized and outraged,” Griffin said. “They felt they were in the middle of an action movie. It’s sheer luck that no one was seriously hurt or killed. We need the governor and the state’s attorney general to step in and address this issue.”

Police chase policies have been under fire since a 13-year-old girl was killed in December. It started with a robbery and chase in Cleveland. Tamia Chappman was crossing the street in East Cleveland when she was hit by the fleeing car. A 15-year-old suspect was arrested on charges of murder and aggravated robbery.

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