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2 teens in critical condition after fleeing man strikes vehicle

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Jun 21, 2020

CLEVELAND — Two teenagers are in critical condition after a fleeing driver struck the vehicle they were inside.

Troopers said around midnight, they received a call about a black 2020 Jeep Cherokee weaving outside its marked lanes driving westbound on I-90 near West 44th Street.

A trooper initiated a traffic stop near the Lorain Road exit, but the 29-year-old man continued driving and a pursuit began, according to officials.

Troopers said moments after the chase started, he exited at West 98th Street, driving 90 mph.

The trooper immediately ended the pursuit due to safety concerns.

He continued driving and ran through a red light at the intersection, hitting a white 2018 Ford EcoSport that was driving southbound on West 98th Street.

Troopers said the EcoSport hit a chain-link fence and both teenagers were ejected. The Jeep caught fire.

He attempted to flee the scene on foot but was tasered by troopers and taken into custody.

Both teenagers were transported to Metro Hospital in critical condition.

The man was transported to the hospital in unknown condition.

Charges are pending against the man.