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Cleveland police officers injured during traffic stop at East 30th and Euclid

Posted at 6:54 AM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 18:03:02-04

Cleveland police are looking for the man who hit two cruisers, injuring two officers outside NewsChannel5 overnight.

Newsnet5.com's overnight news tracker Mike Vielhaber was there with his camera rolling as the stop turned violent.

Cleveland police were first called to the area around 3:30 a.m. for a report of a man slumped over in his vehicle at East 30th Street and Euclid Avenue.

When officers arrived, they knocked on the window of the car to check on the man, who was not responsive. 

When he finally woke up, he opened the door and officers spotted a gun on the floor between the man's feet.

Officers removed the gun before trying to pull him from his Hyundai Sonata.

The man allegedly began fumbling with his gear shift and then put his car in drive and rammed two police cruisers.

One officer was tossed to the ground during the first impact. The other officer was dragged, sustaining back and leg injuries.

The suspect's car was found about five minutes later, wrecked. It had crashed through a fence at the Broadway Avenue overpass of Interstate 490. Then it flew off the embankment and landed on the highway below. Officers said by the time they arrived at the scene, the suspect had run off.

The registration of the vehicle shows that it belongs to a woman. She reportedly has not known the suspect long.

Police are still looking for that man. He is facing charges of felonious assault on an officer, failure to comply with lawful order, carrying a concealed weapon and damage to city property.