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Man steals Lorain police cruiser, leads officers on chase into Erie County

August 17, 2018

Man steals Lorain police cruiser, leads officers on chase into Erie County

LORAIN, Ohio -- The high-speed pursuit of a man in a stolen Lorain police car ended Friday afternoon with a crash in Erie County, according to State Highway Patrol.

Lorain officers stopped a man with an outstanding warrant Friday morning. Troopers say the man struggled with officers before getting into their cruiser and speeding away.

Lorain police contacted State Highway Patrol at about 11:50 a.m. to help in the pursuit that spanned two counties, said Lieutenant Robert Sellers. 

The man drove west across Lorain County on State Route 113 through Birmingham and Milan, and north on U.S. 250 and State Route 13 towards Huron, where he ultimately crashed, police said. 

Police in Erie County set up spike strips, which the driver swerved to avoid, causing him to land in a ditch at the Thunderbird Golf Course, Sellers said. 

The man who stole the cruiser was hospitalized. He is currently in the custody of Lorain police, Sellers said. 

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