19-year-old walks out of court after sentencing, leads police on chase before crashing in Wadsworth

WADSWORTH, Ohio - A 19-year-old man walked out of court after being sentenced Wednesday and led police on a chase before crashing in Wadsworth, police said.

Authorities said Cyrus Matthews, 19, appeared in Wadsworth Municipal Court and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but the the judge suspended 30 of the days. He was found guilty of criminal damaging and reckless operation stemming from a road rage case.

Matthews allegedly told authorities he was not going to jail and fled the courthouse shortly after Judge Stephen Mcllvaine read the sentence.

Matthews got in the driver's seat of a vehicle outside of Wadsworth City Hall on Maple Street, according to police.

A woman in the passenger seat was known to Matthews, according to authorities.

Police said Matthews took off at high speeds-- an estimated 80 to 90 miles per hour-- and police only caught up after the car slammed into an SUV on State Route 261 near I-76.

Three people inside the SUV, including a baby, were transported to Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Medical Center, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to state troopers who are investigating the crash.

Matthews and his female passenger were trapped and had to rescued from the wreckage. Both of them were taken to an Akron hospital.

Felony escape and fleeing and eluding charges are expected to be filed against Matthews.

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