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2 arrested, several people hurt after car crashes fleeing from East Cleveland police

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 10:08:28-05

CLEVELAND — Several people were hurt Friday night after a car crashed in Cleveland while fleeing from East Cleveland police.

According to the East Cleveland Police Department, officers spotted a vehicle at the intersection of Eddy Road and Hayden Avenue traveling at a high rate of speed. The car rand a stop sign and continued on its way.

Officers activated their lights and sirens and attempted to stop the car, but it drove off down Superior Avenue weaving through traffic. Police said the car's speed reached 80 mph.

Police said that the officer in charge called off the pursuit, but the suspect car crashed prior to the pursuit being terminated. Multiple other vehicles were damaged during the incident.

The car crashed near East 79th Street and Superior Avenue. Officers arrested two people at the scene and gave first aid to the occupants.

The driver admitted to fleeing from officers because they had a gun in the car and the passenger had a warrant from the Cleveland Police Department, police said.

Officers located a handgun was found in the car.

According to Cleveland EMS, five people were transported to University Hospitals for treatment. Two were last known to be in serious condition, the other three were listed as stable.

The driver was charged with a stop sign violation, reckless operation, fleeing and eluding, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons while under disability, police said. The passenger was turned over to Cleveland police for charges related to the warrant.

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